“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Chaos in life causes conflict in faith! When the disciples were asked to distribute food to the 5,000, life seemed challenging but under control. Later that night, they found themselves in a storm on the Sea of Galilee and faith evaporated almost immediately.
Peter promised to never forsake Jesus. But the promise made in the upper room was forgotten around a fire when those who sought to kill Jesus were trying to identify the Lord’s friends.
We should be thankful that the Bible shows the strain of faith saints of old faced. It verifies for us that the guiding truths found in God’s word continues to be valuable advice. Notice lessons discovered in the source of our trust.
Lesson One: Our option is to trust God or trust ourselves. The degree we prefer our understanding over God’s reveals the degree of mistrust of the Lord. When we panic like disciples afraid of the storm, we reveal that we do not understand the power Jesus has. When we react like Peter being accused of being a follower, we show a compromised commitment.
Lesson Two: Our biggest mistakes are when we leave God out. To trust ourselves is to trust our ignorance and ineptness to look ahead or solve anything. To trust ourselves is to claim we don’t need any help. We can handle this! Many disasters could have been avoided if we had sought safety and direction from the one who controls it all.
Lesson Three: If we trust God, we acknowledge Him in all our ways. The word, “all,” means without exception. The wise person is the person who knows they need help and knows the Lord is the help that never lets us down.
Lesson Four: Not only our direction, but our experience becomes easy when God is our guide. God desires to direct our path. Under God’s leadership we will navigate the curves and avoid the potholes. When God leads, we make it safely home.
The person who trusts God is like the passenger in the right seat that finds a pillow and blanket and quietly trusts the driver knows what he is doing. Let the Lord steer your life today and relax. He has it!
Bro. John A. Temple is pastor of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church, 4032 Poplar Springs Drive, Meridian. Visit the church website at www.psdbc.org. From the Shepherd's Heart is published Fridays in The Meridian Star.