Earlier this week, Carly shared about trusting in plans. She realized her “planning was not enough” and that she “needed God to…make it come together.”
The verse she wrote about is a challenging one:
“Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. ” –Proverbs 3:5-6
To not lean on our own understanding is to not depend on manmade schemes and rationalizations over what the Lord teaches. This involves leaving space for His leading and work when we’d rather do it all on our own.
Likewise, to acknowledge Him in all our ways is to recognize, glorify, and seek Him with all our lives and being.
God directing our paths?
This is where I start to beam and where I recognize that the plans I make for my path make a mess.
In this context, the word direct refers to the work of the Lord as He is….
- Smoothing out
- Straightening up
- Setting aright
- Making agreeable
There’s One Way folks, and we know Him. The path is narrow and it does not change. He has one plan for each of our lives, and He planned it a long time ago.
When we read that He will direct our paths, God isn’t coaching us through a course still being conceived. He’s going ahead of us. Straightening up the messes we spread ahead for ourselves. He’s smoothing out the bumps we trip over when we’re caught up in plotting our own steps. His work evening out the surface keeps us from slipping.
He makes the road we walk more agreeable.
He does go on ahead of us, just as Deuteronomy 31:8 says.
When we acknowledge God and follow the Lord, we walk in the way He prepared for us. We set aside our plans, messy as they are, to enjoy what He has planned out for us.
His plans, despite our mess, He has straightened up, smoothed out, righted, and made pleasing according to the plans He has also prepared for us. His good, perfect plans.
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