While most of us are familiar with the New International Version of Proverbs 3:5 above,
I’m partial to the Amplified Bible version,
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
The other day I drove to work, and as I drove, I thought of Proverbs 3:5-6.
Each of us, myself included, are guilty of thinking that we know what the future holds.
Too often, each of us thinks the future will merely be a continuation of the past.
Something happened Friday, which I will be forever grateful for.
For a problem that had bedeviled me went away.
I did not anticipate how the events would transpire, but they did.
As we face this uncertain time…
I would challenge you to repeat Proverbs 3:5-6 to yourself.
Things may seem a certain way,
A way in which it is all too easy to presume what the future holds.
But the bottom line is this,
We don’t know what the future holds,
We do know,
All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].
~ Proverbs 15:15 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
As I considered the words I shared with my wife earlier today, I was reminded of James 1:2-3.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
I also considered John 14:27 ESV.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
It has been too long since I’ve been in the Word, not just today but every day.
Keeping the Faith
Personal note – when everything is ripped away from you and all you have is your faith, you cling all the harder to that faith. Through one merger, two spin-offs, four restructures, and two bosses who tried to fire me, my faith grew more and more, as I saw God carry me through difficult times and answer my prayers.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.
2 Tim 1:7 (ASV)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.