"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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil." Proverbs 3:5-7
One of the most crucial (and challenging) things we can do in our spiritual journey is to consistently be reminded that HE is more wise than we are. I know for myself, I battle selfishness…. like a lot. On big things and little things, I'm faced with the fight of "I want that recognition", "I want to make the decision", "I want to steal that last piece of pizza and not let anyone else at it".
Yet that’s the problem isn't it? I want…is not always what I need. I want…is not always even what I truly want. We're quick to make decisions, we have our own bias’, we make choices in a vacuum, and what I know to be true is that waiting on wisdom from the Lord has never been a bad decision.
This verse says, “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.” It doesn’t say lean on Him and He’ll give you super duper decision making capabilities. It doesn’t say we make our paths straight after we submit. The Holy Spirit does all the guiding! He lights our path, He straightens the curves, He brings the wisdom. Our job is to trust, listen and obey, and this is good news! Who else would we want making decisions for us? What better wisdom than the wisdom of the loving, gracious, faithful Father.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
For 2020, I want…..to want His wisdom. I want…to wait for it, even if it takes longer than I want. In every decision you make this week, this month, this year, whether it’s a big change at work, a deeper step into a relationship or what’s for dinner tonight...
His thoughts, ways, ideas, hopes, dreams for me, for you and for our church are good, and worth waiting for. They’re worth wanting for.