Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
To trust God is to believe in His reliability, truth, ability or strength. It means that you rely, depend, bank, or count on, and be sure of all that God is and what He promises. Many times when there is some big rescue or feat, the newscasters will talk about “the indomitable human spirit” that made the people overcome. When we put our trust in ourselves and our strength individually or collectively, we are missing the real source of our strength. If we name the name of Jesus, the source of our strength is to be God and God alone.
In Genesis 11 we find the account of the Tower of Babel. Everyone gathered together with the same language and said, Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, found in verse 4. When God saw what they were doing He said, This is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. God stepped in and confused their language and scattered them to the faces of the earth.
That is what happens when we decide to build or do anything in rebellion of the King of the Universe. Sometimes we don’t plan to do things without God in rebellion, it’s just because we’re used to figuring things out on our own, counting on our own wisdom and desires. But God calls us to consult and trust Him, not others and not ourselves. To trust Him with all of our hearts means that we don’t have a backup plan. God is our only plan. And He will take care of the details of our obedience.
There is a promise in these two verses: God will make our paths straight. Have you ever tried to accomplish something or get somewhere in life, but you keep getting twisted around? Your dream or your desired goal might always end up just beyond your grasp. You take one step forward and end up three steps back. Sometimes you don’t go backwards, you just go sideways. Or you stall out. Your route isn’t a straight line, but a tangled path. If this is you, ask yourself this question: Are you acknowledging God in all your ways? Are you doing things His way or your way?
When you do things God’s way, things have a way of working out. And your path will be straight, not a mess. Step by step in the right direction leads to a habit and a routine and then a lifestyle of obeying God, trusting Him, and consulting with Him before you make choices. You can’t beat it.