SEEK God’s GUIDANCE through our life’s JOURNEY: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Prov. 3:5-6)
If there is one lesson that we can learn from the book of Proverbs, it is the assurance that there is a great reward for us when we set our hope and confidence upon God rather than upon ourselves. When God created man and woman and placed them in the Garden of Eden, He wanted to have an intimate fellowship with them so that they can depend upon Him in everything. However, Satan was successful in attracting Eve with the proposal that eating the forbidden fruit will open her eyes so that she can discern good and evil (Gen. 3:5). Implicit in this temptation was that she could be like God Himself, and would not have to depend on Him anymore! Thus, the disobedience of Adam and Eve and thereafter their fall was triggered when they wanted to live independently of God, and this human independence continues at the heart of sinful rebellion today!
Through his divine wisdom, Solomon is now proposing that we can reverse our rebellion and self-dependence by intentionally doing three things every time:
- First, trust in God completely. This is the premise of true wisdom (Prov. 22:19; 28:25). Trusting in God is a conscious and continuous dependence on God, much like leaning on a tree for support. It means wholly relying upon God's promises and providences through the authority of His Word (Prov. 2:6; 16:20). There must be our total commitment upon God without any reservation. We must trust God not only for the salvation of our souls but also for the daily direction of our lives as well.
- Second, discard any self-reliance. There must be a healthy distrust of self, as we readily acknowledge that we do not know what is best for us, and that we are not capable of guiding ourselves. Jeremiah expressed it without reservation: “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23).
- Third, acknowledge God every time. This is the practical expression of the mind that submits to God and is fully aware of and in fellowship with Him. This can only happen when we are truly transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2). Every area of our lives must be turned over to God’s control. We must have no will of our own, only a single pure desire to know His will and to do it.