The Way Ahead (Life Journal – 5/26/2015)

Took a few days off for the holiday… 

Scripture

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
    and a refreshment for your body. (Proverbs 3:5-8 NRSV)

Observation

+ “And” in verses 5 and 6 suggest more a causality than a conjunction only: do what is in part A and B will follow
+ There is also a contrast in 3:5 — trusting in the Lord is in contrast to reliance on one’s own insight. Similarly in verse 6 there is an implied contrast between the ways and paths of those who acknowledge God and those who do not.
+ “Trust” is about leaning on, depending on for protection and help. “Heart” is often thought of as meaning “mind, will, emotions”
+ “Acknowledge” suggests an awareness of God’s presence in and working through all things.

Application

Each day’s Scripture comes from a daily Bible reading plan (the Life Journal plan – link to it at the top of this blog) and therefore not picked by me at random. From that day’s readings comes the smaller selection quoted at the beginning of each post. I am stunned at times (like today) when the subject aligns so perfectly with what has happened this day or a question I have been pondering.

For me, I am pondering a big life decision and so these words from Proverbs are timely. In fact the last few days (and nights) were consumed with wrestling with this question. As is often the case, the Scriptures do not give me a simple solution but a way ahead (To be accurate, sometimes it is clear and simple what the Word tells me – it is not, however, always or even often easy).  I don’;t have the answer to the question that weighs on my mind but I do have a reminder of how to proceed from here.

One of the words here that commands attention is “all.” It is not just in the big questions of life – but in all of them. Not just at dramatic turning points but at every turn of life’s journey. No question is beyond God’s wisdom or outside God’s care and concern.

Today’s words from Proverbs are a reminder to seek God’s will in every moment of life, in every decision, in every turn or crossroads.

Prayer

God of Wisdom, I lean on you today. I give to you all of my conscious self – my mind, my will, my emotions. I will seek your presence and listen for your Spirit in every moment of this day and of this season of life. Make straight the path ahead that the road if not easy may be clear. And may I learn and grow minute by minute in your understanding as I learn to let you fill and redeem mine. Amen.

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2 thoughts on “The Way Ahead (Life Journal – 5/26/2015)

  1. Victoria Hensley

    This scripture has very special meaning for me. It is a constant reminder that while I must take the steps and be held accountable for my actions, it is my God upon whom I must rely to show me where those steps should lead. Alone, I am a trembling mass of contradictions and uncertainty. Only by shutting out my own what-ifs and shutting up my own rationalizations can I be still enough to hear what must be said. I must be reminded to lean on that merciful guidance and be saved from a life of stumbling alone in the darkness. Amen.

  2. I think of you every time I read it… including today. I like what you say about accountability. I am seeing we are accountable for whether we ask for guidance and help as much as we are for the steps we take (or don’t).

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