By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture: My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:1-6).
My Christian Friends,
We have been presented with unexpected opportunities that appear to be from God. In fact, these opportunities are so appealing until we believe that these are blessings from him. However, we must be careful of viewing these types of “fruit” as Eve did-that is, with a lustful eye. Instead, “we must follow God’s desires for our lives and not our own.”
Solomon gives advice to his son, in the aforementioned scriptures. We must adhere to the wisdom presented in this proverbial message. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3: 5-6). If we are not prayerful, we will find ourselves going in the opposite direction of God’s will. Accept the fact that God knows what is best for us.
Interestingly, our lives have been designed from the beginning of his time. He chose us from the foundation of the world. Paul writes in the book of Ephesians, “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will . . . In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:4-5,11 KJV). Therefore, if he has chosen us for his purpose, we must follow his desires and not our own.
Have you made decisions about life-changing events without consulting God? Did you travel roads that you thought were in the directions God had chosen for you? Although we may have chosen our courses out of our own desires and motives, He strategically puts us back on the path that he has chosen for us.
Following God’s desire for our lives is safer and securer than following our own.