Depend On God

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths." – Proverbs 3:5-6

In NASCAR and IndyCar, teams will often employ a spotter to help alert the driver as to what is occurring on the track. The spotter is in constant contact with the driver; they have a broader perspective of what’s going on because they stand on an elevated platform that allows them to see what the driver cannot see.

God is our spotter. He is always on the lookout, guiding us where we need to go and making sure we are as successful as possible on the track of life. He sees what we cannot see and guides us where we need to go.

Proverbs 3 tells us three things: 1) to trust the Lord, 2) to lean not on our own understand, and 3) to acknowledge God so He can straighten our paths. Trusting in God means leaving no room for doubt and deception to cloud our minds. It means making God our go-to when worry enters our mind and having faith that He will guide us where we need to be at the proper time.

To lean not on our own understanding means to not try to figure out and solve everything in our own strength because we do not always have all the information. This takes a lot of self-control. Sometimes we must step back and not automatically react. It does not mean we aren’t supposed to use common sense, but that our common sense must be grounded in God’s Word. That’s why it is important to read and meditate on the Word and spend time in prayer and in corporate fellowship to ensure we are digesting the Word properly.

Lastly, we must acknowledge Him, which in essence is recognizing and surrendering to God’s will. It’s not enough just to know what we are supposed to do, but we must act. This also requires prayer that our spiritual nature overrides our carnal nature. But as with anything, practice makes perfect. And with that acknowledgement, God will make sure our path is secure and righteous. That does not mean we will not go through challenges. It just means we have an escort who will guide us down that more beneficial path.

When you are tempted to want to handle everything on your own, just remember that you have a God who truly cares about you and wants to guide your path in a manner that is in your best interest. Even if you do not have anyone around you that you can trust, you have a God who is trustworthy. You do not have to do life alone. Depend on the Lord.
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