What do you do when you don’t know which way to go? Which job to take? Who to date/marry? Which college to attend?
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. Proverbs 3:5,6
Attaining your dreams and goals, let alone God’s will, can feel like driving in a snow storm. Each snowflake an opportunity, a distraction, a voice of someone yelling, “this way!”
You may know where you want to go but do not have a clear path to get there.
Proverbs 3:5,6 gives us a road map to clarity
Who knows you best? You? Your friends? Or God? Wherever your trust goes, your future goes too. Trust is not just belief but action. You move in the direction of your trust.
Leaning on our understanding of God, the bible, etc. is what gets us into trouble in the first place. What we do not know could fill multiple universes. Leaning on The One who made the universe gives us the most insight into the most complicated choices.
This word doesn’t just mean “a tip of the hat” or “thanks to the big man upstairs” that’s not how lovers talk. To acknowledge God means to be acquainted, intimate and vulnerable.
To acknowledge God is to know Him in every way you can know Him.
Straight does not mean comfortable, it means clearer, smoother paths. You will still have to trust God on the straight path as much as the crooked one, maybe even more so because the temptation, on the straight path, is putting your trust back into yourself.
Consider again the snow storm. A path filled with ice, slush and treachery. A path of confusing choices and carnival barkers. Trust, Leaning and Acknowledgement sets God loose on a snow plow to make the way easier to where you know God is leading you.
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
shining brighter and brighter until midday. But the way of the wicked is like the darkest gloom; they do not know what makes them stumble. Proverbs 4:18,19