“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
Our trust in God is not just for eternal life but for life now as well.
That trust starts, and operates, where we are at this precise moment in time. Whatever our present circumstances, and no matter how we arrived in them, God both invites us, and calls on us, to trust Him. As we do so, acknowledging Him as our God and Saviour, He will ‘make our paths straight.’ That means that He will begin to untangle our twisted and even crooked paths and lead us onwards in a more direct way. That’s what Good Shepherds do!
If there are consequences of our actions that need to be sorted out then He will be with us in them as well. No matter what our situation or our human understanding of it, God calls on us to trust Him implicitly, starting right now and for every step of the way ahead. It is not for us to dictate the direction or the milestones. As He leads us onwards He will care for us.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)
Jesus put it another way. He simply said, “Follow Me.”
Identify the areas of need in your life. Ask God to become involved and to lead you forward to where He wants you to be. Tell Him, and yourself, that you trust Him. Keep reminding yourself with the Lord’s Prayer.
Father please help me to trust You where I am today, and for what the future may hold. Please do lead, guide and look after me. Amen.