"Hi, I'm Heather, and I'm a fix-aholic."
Whatever it is I swear hand-to-Bible that I will find a way to fix it! This has gotten me into trouble on more than one occasion. Whether it's been blowing up an appliance (or two... okay, maybe three) after dogmatically stating I could repair it or blowing up a relationship for lack of listening and just being with that person.
Fixing is a knee-jerk reaction for me. Only recently did I discover the base of it is fear.
*the appliance bit is also just me being cheap
I would rather snuggle up with a porcupine than deal with 'problems' two ugly cousins: Unknowns and Instability. Here’s my shopping list for what I' like to know when faced with a problem:
What exactly am I dealing with?
How long is this thing gonna last?
What all is entailed in it?
What is required of me?
Am I equipped to handle it?
What can I control?
How can I FIX this?!?
He hands me back my list and written over it is His list...
"Trust in Me with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Me, and I will make your path straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6 NASB
Hmmm... could it be that His way of going about this will be better than all the plans I'm scrabbling to put in place to bring back some sense of security and alleviate the unknowns???
Oh the irony... I'm here about to give fix-it advice about how NOT to fix-it!
Spoiler alert: our circumstances are not what needs to change, the “fix” is us.
We find our steps toward freedom in one of those ‘stitch-it-on-a-pillow’ scriptures we are all familiar with, but challenged to pull off.
I have discovered that everything – and I mean e v e r y t h i n g – boils down to trust. Do we trust the Lord or not? Half-trust in God and half-trust in us (or another, or things) is not the trust needed.
It is full-trust or it is not trust at all!
Hebrews 11:6 tells us that faith requires coming to God -- not us, not our intellect, not our feelings, not our friends, not our stuff, not our comforts -- and, bring trust with it. Trust is unwavering confidence that God IS who He says He is. There is no place God is not. He is in every circumstance of your life.
Trust is also a belief that He reveals Himself to the seeking heart. We are to be God-seekers. He is first and foremost. Once we grasp that, everything else falls into place.
“The word translated ‘trust’ in verse 5 means ‘to lie helpless, facedown.’ It pictures a servant waiting for the master’s command in readiness to obey, or a defeated soldier yielding himself to the conquering general.”
"Lean" means to put your confidence in or rely upon.
On a scale of one to ten, how confident are you in your own understanding? We might say we are on the low-end to sound more spiritual, but we'd serve ourselves better with an honest answer. It is hard to not trust our own understanding! Self-sufficiency and self-reliance have been the ruin of mankind since the fall, it is in our genes.
"The grand sin of the human race is their continual endeavor to live independently of God."
"Understanding" is referring to our own insight. When we put our confidence or trust in our ability to understand, we set ourselves up to be deceived. The devil will take that lay-up all day, every day!!
We are essentially believing we have the panoramic view needed to give us an accurate and deep intuitive understanding of what is before us. Can we all agree that we cannot possibly have the depth of understanding God has? Verse 7 is referring to this when stating "Do not be wise in your own eyes." Our wisdom is not better nor greater than God's.
Whatever is going on, is on God, not on you.
This is how He can ask us to depend and rely fully on Him. He’s got this and He’s got you!
"Acknowledge" isn't a courtesy head-nod to God. It means to know Him. The best way to build your trust in God is to get to know Him.
The more we know- the more we trust - the more we love
- the more we obey.
"Ways” is referring to our walk or manner of life. As we journey along in our lives, we are practicing the presence of God in each regular and sometimes mundane step. We practice His presence continually, seek continually, and ask continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 would put it as, “pray without ceasing.”
It is the choice to invite God into everyday life and action.
We have the promise in verse 6 that God will guide us in the way we should go when we do the previous three steps. God makes straight the ways of anyone who seeks after Him and follow His guidance. In the Hebrew, "straight" implies that you will "prosper."
It is always better to follow His path rather than ours.
But you will be hard-pressed to find the right path if you are unwilling to surrender. The surrendered heart delights in God’s direction and in God’s path even if it doesn’t fully understand it. Once you see God’s direction, obedience is the last step… take the path!
Can we be honest, that we don’t seek because we fear God directing us? It can be a scary thing to let go of our control (as if we have it) and let God be in control. My shopping list is for me to feel secure rather than finding my security in God, the only firm foundation. Faith brings freedom.
This brings us back full circle to trust. Knowing God cannot just be head-knowledge, it must become experiential. Truth to be understood has to be lived.
“The measure in which I have trusted Jehovah, and acknowledged Him, has been the measure of walking in the paths of real life.”
~G. Campbell Morgan