Last weekend, my husband and I sat on a panel for a Q&A session with the youth (ages 12-18) in our church congregation. The topic was pressing forward with faith in Christ. I was inspired by each person's responses to the questions asked by the youth.
As I listened to the responses and reflected on the questions asked, I was reminded that each of us needs to walk by faith. We often don't know the struggles those around us have faced or are facing. Each person we interact with is experiencing or has experienced a time in life when he/she needs/needed to exercise faith.
A few days after the Q&A session, my mind was fixated on the oft-quoted scripture found in Proverbs 3:5-6, "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."
I find the hardest part for me is "lean not unto thine own understanding." I find myself saying in my heart, "I trust in God, but I need things to make sense." Yet, that is not how God works. God's ways are higher than our ways. Things won't always make sense, and I don't think they're necessarily supposed to.
So much power is found in this scripture. The promise of being directed by God is the greatest blessing we could have here on earth. However, sometimes that path may be steep and may be rocky. But it's better to be on a steep and rocky path with God as our guide, than on a smooth path wandering without the guidance of God. God knows best where we need to go. His knowledge is far greater than ours.
One thing I do know is God is a loving God. He knows that exemplifying this scripture is hard and will take a long time to master (probably forever). He is a patient and loving Father, and I think He knows the experiences we gain while seeking to trust more and lean less on our own understanding will be priceless blessings we will carry with us throughout eternity.
He's not trying to punish us when things go "wrong" (in our eyes), He's trying to guide us.
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