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Friday, June 28, 2019

Trust God’s Wisdom, Not My Feelings

In review of Proverbs 3:5-7 it tells me to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil” (NLT).

Today’s passage Proverbs 3 is part of my life’s verse. It says for me to trust in the Lord with all my heart. To never rely on what I think I know. To remember the Lord in everything I do, and then he will show me the right way. I should never let myself think that I’m wiser than I really am; I’m to simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong.

So when important decisions come, it's often hard to trust anyone and including God. But I must realize that God knows what is best for me. He is a much better judge of what I need, even above myself. Therefore I must learn to trust him completely in every choice I need to make. I should not omit careful thinking or belittle my God-given ability to reason; but I should not just trust in my own ideas to the exclusion of all others. I must not be wise in my own eyes. I should always be willing to listen to and be corrected by God's Word and wise counselors. I need to learn to bring my decisions to God in prayer then; use the Bible as my guide and follow God's leading. He will direct my paths by both guiding and protecting me

To receive God's guidance, I must seek God's will in all I do. This means turning every area of life over to him. I need to examine my values and priorities. What is important to me? Where does God fall in this list? In what areas have I failed to acknowledge him? It's the areas where I attempt to restrict or ignore his influence that will cause me grief. I need to make him a vital part of everything I do; then he will guide me because I'll be working to accomplish his purposes.

Often I’ve had the feeling that something was so very, very right, but then when I did it, it ended up very wrong. There are a lot of things that are wrong that feel so right at the moment. A quick decision that seemed harmless at the time leaves lasting issues.

To experience fewer dead ends and failures, I need to hear what Proverbs 3:5-7 tells me: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil” (NLT).

If I really want God’s blessing on my life, I have to depend on God’s wisdom and not what my feelings say or what my gut says. Trust in the Lord and not on my own understanding.

To get God’s wisdom I pray. I talk to Him, and I let him talk to me by reading His Word, the Bible. James 1:5 tells me, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (NIV).

God doesn’t want me to make foolish mistakes. He doesn’t want me to hit dead ends or go through failure after failure. God wants me to succeed. He wants me to make wise decisions with my time, money and relationships.

It’s not like I’m waiting on him for his help. He’s actually waiting on me! God says, “Hey! I’m here. I’ll give you wisdom, and I’ll give it generously. I’m not grudging about it. I want to make you wise. I’ve just got to ask.”

If I want to be blessed, I’ve got to get God’s wisdom. And if I want God’s wisdom, I’ve got to continuing getting in His Word.

In summary, learn to trust in the Lord with all my heart. Never rely on what I think I know. Remember to include the Lord in everything I do, then he will show me the right way to go. I should never think highly of myself than I am. Simply obey the Lord and refuse to do wrong. After all God knows what is best for me. I must learn to trust him complete in everything. I need to be willing to listen to and be corrected by God's Word and wise counselors. Bring decisions to God in prayer, use his Word as a guide and following His leading. To receive His guidance all I need to do is to turn every area of my life over to him and seek his will in what I do. 

This morning Father I pray for your wisdom and guidance in what I do, my work, my leadership and my interactions with others. I ask this through your Son Jesus name, amen.

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