God Says

Published January 23, 2013

Proverbs 3:5-6

New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

“God says, I will direct your steps”

Trust in the Lord, great concept, but hard to do. We think our plans, and our actions are the best. Maybe trusting God is hard because of the hurt and disappointment that came after placing your trust in a spouse, family member, Pastor, or friend and that trust was betrayed. Or maybe the difficulty of trusting in God arises because we don’t understand Him.

We fail or refuse to submit our ways to God. Our will overrides His will. My Pastor teaches there is a permissive will and a Providential will. Because of the free choice He has given us, God allows us to follow our will, to choose our own path. But when it all goes south and turns into total chaos and disaster, the first thing we do is ask God to fix this mess. Should we not then trust God (I include myself in this as well) and ask for His providential will? Should we not seek to better understand His thoughts and His ways?

Isaiah 55:8

New International Version (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

How do we discern the thoughts and ways of the LORD? We read the Bible and we pray for an understanding of what God desires and expects of us. We attend church where His word is taught and we surround ourselves with people whose lives exhibit a trust In God. We seek Gods will and not our will. We practice (“practice makes perfect”) placing our trust in Him!

God says, I will direct your paths.”

Which do you choose, trust in yourself (permissive will), or trust in God (Providential will)?

Trust in Him!


Rev. David Larsen – (Chaplain Compassion Nevada)

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