5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
In the previous article, we have learned that the Lord grants us wisdom, he is the source of knowledge and understanding. Today, we shall learn how God wants us to manage our priorities. While God delights in us when we seek him for knowledge, he does not want us to fully rely on them. This is because our ability to understand them is limited.
Let me put it this way. Many of us in this world have free access to knowledge, thanks to the internet. In fact, if you can read this article in this blog, you have access to lots of knowledge. However, this does not mean than anyone who has internet connection is rich and successful. We need to understand the knowledge that we have learned and put them to work. You can spend most of your waking hours in front of the computer reading all the words in it but if you don’t put them to use, all the knowledge you have gained is useless. In order to put our knowledge to work, we have to understand them first. This is where the problem lies.
How well can you understand things? No matter how smart we think we are, our ability to understand stuff is always limited because our knowledge is limited. No matter how much knowledge has been gained and accumulated by the human civilization, there is still a lot more that we don’t know. This means, when we say we understand certain thing, what we actually mean is we know about it based on the available information in our brains. There is no guarantee that such information is true or complete. What will you think will happen when we make decisions based on our own understanding? There is no guarantee that the result will turn out to be exactly the way we want them to be.
Let me give you an example. When you read the newspapers or news from the internet, you will come across the comments and predictions on the economy from the experts. These experts could be famous economist or investment professionals. They provide us with a lot of numbers, analysis and charts to show us what has happened and what is going to happen next.
Yet, none of them can give us accurate answers. The only predictions they can give are general statements like, “We are cautiously optimistic on the economic growth of this nation.” Have you ever wonder what does the term “cautiously optimistic” means? When the economy turns out good, they are correct because they used the word “optimistic”. However when economy turns out bad, they are also correct because they used the word “cautiously”. So, either way, they still win and get paid. Do you want to be an economic or investment expert? Learn their lingo and you will be there.
I did not write this example to put anyone down. If you happen to belong to the above professions, turn to God to give you real insights on the state of the economy and you will surpass your counterparts in this field. This example serves to show us how unreliable human predictions can be. Our predictions are unreliable because our understanding of the situation may be wrong. Our understanding of the situation may be wrong because the information available to us may not be complete.
This is why God tells us in Proverbs 3:5 to trust in him with all our hearts and not to rely on our understanding. Please note that God has never said don’t try to understand things. God wants us to do our best in learning and understand things but he does not want us to rely on our knowledge and understanding. He wants us to have the best in life, may it be financial abundance, good health, healthy family relationship, career success, peace of mind and everything that we value. The only way we can have the best in life is to trust in God who is unlimited and not our limited mind.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us to seek his will in all we do, and he will show us which path to take. Unlike us, God has all the information he needs to do his job and he has the best mind. Don’t you think that relying on God is the best decision you can ever make to achieve your success and prosperity? Naturally we should seek his will in all we do. Proverbs 3:6 was written based on the assumption that we want to achieve the best result in what we do. Therefore seeking God in all we do will give us the best results. When we seek him, he promised to show us which path to take.
Please note that God only promised to show us which path to take. He will never force us to take any path. We always have a choice on whether to obey or disobey him. This is called free will. Why should we follow God’s path? His path will lead to the best outcomes in our lives. If you want to have a lot of money, God will show you the path that leads to a lot of money. If you want to have good health, God will show you the path that leads to good health. If you want to have long life, God will show you the path that leads to long life. If you want to be the best tennis player, God will show you the path that leads to be the best tennis player. If you want to win a gold medal in the Olympics, God will show you the path that leads to a gold medal in the Olympics.
No matter what you want in your life, God has a path for it. In order to get on it, you have to trust in him and not to rely on your own understanding. You need to seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. He will show you his path of success and prosperity in every area in our lives.