Living by The Lord’s Leadership
Often times I struggle with wondering what will happen in the future. What does God have in store for me? Will my children turn out all right? Is there a major tragedy or test on the horizon? Tomorrow seems unknown.
Many spend much time trying to control their destinies. Doing so isn’t bad, but it can become so. When we worry and manipulate in order to chart our course according to our plans, we engage in pagan-like behavior. The Psalmist described such an individual, saying, “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts” (Psalm10:4). Plans and preparations aren’t evil. In fact the Bible often encourages wise planning (seeProverbs24:6). But strategic scheming can become evil when it is done without an eye on the Lord (see James 4:13-15).
Wisdom beckons us to plan by faith. Solomon said, “Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved” (Proverbs 16:4). The word rendered “commit” was often used to portray a person rolling a thing upon another. Recently, I helped my brother-in-law load a large object onto the back of a flat bed truck. We wrestled with the thing, finally heaving it on to the back of his 3 ¼ ton truck. As we drove down the road, the massive vehicle was more than capable of carrying the load.
We often carry an unnecessary burden, worrying and working regarding our future. We often strive as if all depends on us. All along the Bible encourages us to trust in the Lord. He can carry our load. The Lord’s prayer encourages us in this matter. It instructs us to regularly call out to the Lord, saying, “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew6:10). Each day, take time to cast your cares on the Lord. He cares for you (see 1 Peter 5:7). He wants you to know His will more than you want to know it!
The language of Proverbs 16:4 portrays a sense of finality. God’s people are to roll their cares on the Lord and leave them there. They should live with an ongoing and unwavering trust in the Lord’s sovereignty. Too often we commit to the Lord and later renege. A steady disposition of dependency is needed in order to discover God’s will. Let’s examine two ingredients contained within such a frame-of-mind..
The Bible says: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5). Though we often can’t see how things will pan out, we should keep trusting God. Faithfulness may seem futile, but living by faith is always best. We won’t discover God’s will through any other means. Read Proverbs 3:5-6
To receive God’s guidance, we also need a commitment to regularly ingest His truth. His Word is His primary means for shaping our thought processes. When we read it, receive it, and put it into practice, He leads us to do His will (see Psalm 119:105).
Faith should never be an excuse for idleness. Those who discover the will of God work as if it all depends on them, while believing that it all depends on God. Read Proverbs 12:24.
Dr. Patrick Latham