Ellen Martin | @ellenmartin03
We often hear the verse “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). The phrase “…make straight your paths” does not mean that if you trust God, life will be easy. It is saying that we need to trust in God rather than rely on ourselves. This is something I struggle with every day. Life can be difficult. We often think we know best, and it can be hard to hand control over to someone else.
It is hard to trust God when you are going through difficult times. You may think you know what to do and how to navigate life, but in reality, only God knows the best way. When I look back on my life, I see that I have made many, many mistakes. Everyone has made mistakes. Judging from our past mistakes, are we fit to further direct our own lives without guidance? Or do we need Someone to help us get through good and bad times?
Paul describes the wisdom of God in 1 Corinthians 1:25, saying “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” So, what is the wisdom of men compared to the wisdom of God? Nothing. How comforting it is to know that we can rely on our Maker to guide our paths.
Moses and the Israelites sang a song to the Lord after they crossed the Red Sea coming out of Egypt. In it, they say “The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2). During good and bad times, we can rely on God for strength. In good and bad times, we can praise the holy Name of our God. We can do this because He knows what He is doing. God knows what is best for us and what we need to go through to bring us closer to Him.
Although the verses from Proverbs are often said and sound familiar, they are still ones we need to remember. Who are we to think we have more wisdom than God? Does the King of all not know all? Does He not know your needs and your desires? Will He not provide for you if He sees fit? God knows best. Our thinking is foolishness. I encourage you to trust God with everything—from small to big decisions! It is hard, but worth it. Trust your life to the One who created you.
Ellen Martin is a follower of Jesus Christ from Ontario, Canada. She is currently completing her Master’s of Education degree. She is passionate about apologetics, creation, and children. You can follow her on Twitter at @ellenmartin03.