Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”
Even if it doesn’t make sense to you, follow the Lord’s lead according to His word. Even if His direction doesn’t seem right, don’t trust your own judgment but trust His.
It’s tempting to think we know more than the Lord, but that’s where we have to decide; to trust Him or yourself.
Those who trust in the Lord can postpone fulfillment of their desires. That is, sex can wait until marriage; the discipline of hard study can be endured for the sake of an education; and any sinful pleasure can be dumped in favor of the greater pleasure of fellowship with God.
The question is not whether we will have pleasure, but which pleasure we decide to have. This is a huge contrast to Proverbs 28:26, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool…”
The struggle between our own selfish will and God’s will is pretty intense, I believe. We have learned that we were born with a desire to control our own destinies and to do our own thing. Naturally, we will feel some resistance with the idea that God will rule over us, particularly when He begins to meddle in our own affairs. Right? It’s natural.
Life based on desires brings an invitation to sin. Our feelings run counter to what God requires. Many sinful habits are usually developed by following the path of least resistance – that is, doing whatever we feel like doing. Most of our struggles can probably be traced to sensuality, meaning controlled by our physical senses.
But when we surrender our will to God, we will discover the resources to do what God requires. As we give ourselves to Him, trusting His promises, we receive His power.
Submission to God always involves humility. It is an acknowledgment that we are neither qualified nor able to do what we are required to do. But when we say, “Yes” to God, we discover the ability to do His will. Strength is dependent on surrender. And the further you go in God’s direction, the less attractive the world will be.
Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Paul reminds us that God works in us and helps us make the decisions we ought to make, and ultimately really want to make.
Remember, the more you learn to love the Lord and trust in Him, the less you will be attracted by the world.
Inspired by God, written by KG