Proverbs 3:5, 6 - Dealing With Problems.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 - Dealing With Problems.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 (CWR) Trust in the Lord with all your heart and
don't depend on your own understanding. Put the Lord first in
everything you do and He will direct your life.
What is your first reaction when a seemingly impossible
situation rears its ugly head? When you are befuddled, caught off guard,
gut punched, or waylaid, how do you respond?
Christians are not above being stymied by life's difficulties.
As we grow in our faith, however, we should find that our knee-jerk
reactions change. Hezekiah's did. When the conquering, evil king sent a
horrifying message, Hezekiah didn't panic. He went straight to God instead.
Instead of simply reacting, Hezekiah created a space where God could
breathe his power into the situation.
That's a good example to follow. Becoming a believer does not
remove life's problems. When the problem arrives -- by mail, from the
doctor's office, in a phone call -- "spread it out before the Lord."
Invite God into the problem. Instead of bustling around in your own
strength or giving up because you know you're not strong enough, lay it
before God and see what he says. [The One Year Bible for New Believers
re 2 Kings 19:14]
Throughout Proverbs one sees the reward of trusting in the Lord
as opposed to the futility of resting in one's own wisdom and
seeking one's own way. God designed His creation to have a dependency
upon Him. Even the ordinary decisions of a day need the counsel of
God, who instructs His creation to consult Him about even the most
minute details, whether in the spiritual or secular realm. God promises
to communicate in return. The Fall itself was precipitated when man
sought to live independently of God, and this human independence
continues at the heart of sinful rebellion today. [Believer's SB]
Self-sufficiency and self-dependence have been the ruin of
mankind ever since the fall of Adam. The grand sin of the human race is
their continual endeavor to live independently of God, i. e., to
ignore God in the things they do. (Adam Clarke Commentary mod)
Our downfall comes when we fail to draw strength and wisdom from
God and consult him when making choices. He wants to be there for
us, to guide and direct us - if we will only let him. [Barbara
Stephens; Life Recovery Devotional SB]
Entire trust in God is the only logical position for Christians
to take. God has all knowledge and all power, and foresees and
prepares against all the troubles that come upon man. For anyone to rely
on his own understanding is foolish indeed. It is also folly to
alternate between trust in self and trust in God. [SDA Commentary mod]
The natural inclination in Christian living is to act on the
impulse of a good idea. Not every good idea is from God. Sometimes good
ideas get in the way of God ideas.
Where does your inspiration come from? The vision of the
transfigured Christ inspired Peter: "O Lord, it is good for us to be here. If
you wish, I will put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses
and one for Elijah" (Matthew 17:4). Our natural impulse is to do
something good for God and suggest it to Him.
The tendency of the well-meaning person is to prepare a plan
to do some good idea, and then pray, "Jesus, this is my plan. It is
a good plan. It hurts no one, and I want it to please You. Lord,
please bless my plan." It is plan, then pray.
So many of our ideas are impetuous. They are not what the Lord
wants to do. They do not resemble in any way the things which concern
Him. We have good ideas, but they are not God ideas. His agenda and
our agenda conflict. We want to build Him a shelter but that is not
what He wants.... When Peter, James, and John heard the voice of the
Lord . . . they abandoned their inventive-but-self-made idea. The
presence of the Lord magnified, and His holiness brought them to their
senses. Jesus gained their attention, not by subduing them with a stem
scolding, but by magnifying His presence until all the genius of their
human ideas was bleached out by His refulgent face.
When they abandoned their good idea and fell facedown before
the Lord, He could work with them again....
When you and I abandon our good idea and fall to our face
before me Lord, then He will come and touch us, too. When we pursue our
own plan He cannot use us. We must abandon our good idea and fall
facedown before Him. Then He will be able to use us again. Then He will
reveal what He is doing - a God idea.... It is pray, then plan. Through
prayer, Jesus instructs of His plan, a God idea.
Prayer removes the impulse of the good idea, the good idea
born of human ingenuity but not of God. Pray, then plan. It is the
habit of the surrendered saint. (From Walking with Christ in the
Details of Life by Patrick M. Morley) [Inspirational SB]
When we have an important decision to make, we sometimes feel
that we can't trust anyone--not even God. But God knows what is best
for us. And he knows even better than we do what we really want. We
must trust him completely in every choice we make. We should not omit
careful thinking or belittle our God-given ability to reason; but we
should not trust our own ideas to the exclusion of all others. We must
not be wise in our own eyes. We should always be willing to listen
to and be corrected by God's Word and wise counselors. Bring your
decisions to God in prayer, use the Bible as your guide, and follow God's
leading. He will make your paths straight by both guiding and protecting
you. [Life Application SB]
Place your confidence in God, wholly, on a matter. (To do so,
you will have to pray and search His Word to find out what it has to
say on that matter.) This is putting our thoughts before the Lord
and His Word. As we do this, He will give us the direction we need.
Decide today to pay due respect to God in all that is done. He will
direct decisions, judgments, and actions. And we can count on growing
in our walk with Him. [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
So begin, continue, and end every work, purpose, and device,
with God. Earnestly pray for his direction at the commencement; look
for his continual support in the progress; and so begin and continue
that all may terminate in his glory: (Adam Clarke Commentary mod)