The Closest Distance Between Two Points

Tim Dilena, who obviously has been my favorite pastor to listen to lately, spoke about the verses in Proverbs 3:1-6.

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you;bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

This is such a solid verse. One that I have known for years, but was refreshing to hear Tim speak about it.

In the verses in Proverbs Solomon gives us 3 straight paths to take:

1 – Trust in the Lord with all Your Heart- We know absolute truth exists because God always tells the truth. We can trust him because he is trustworthy. We should bring all things to God in prayer knowing He has good plans for us and already knows our heart desires. We might not understand everything God wants us to do, but we need to trust Him with what he leads us to do.

2 – Lean not on our own understanding – We should put all our weight and rest in Him. He knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want than we are. We should be willing to listen to and be corrected by God’s word and wise counsel.

3 – Acknowledge Him in all your ways – We need to turn every area of life over to God. When we make Him a vital part of everything we do; then he will guide us because we will be working to accomplish His purposes.

And, what is the result when we do these 3 things?

God promises us that He will make our paths straight.

So how do we get to where God wants us to go as quick as possible? How do we avoid wrong directions? It took the Jews 40 years on the wilderness journey in what could have only taken 11 days had they sought God. How do we avoid a similar situation?

We do this by trusting, leaning, and acknowledging Him in everything! My prayer for this journey is that we can continue to seek him 100% with all areas of our lives as we look for direction for what God has in store for our family.

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.- James 1:5

  • dspence
    Posted at 19:22h, 17 January Reply

    These are such good verses! By actively seeking the Lord, we align ourselves with His will for our lives – which only works for our ultimate good.

    Jerimiah 29:11 (MSG) – [The Lord says:] “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

    • dspence
      Posted at 18:43h, 21 January Reply

      BTW! I nominated you for Liebster over at Donating Hope!

  • Haley A Hilton
    Posted at 13:04h, 19 January Reply

    I really love this! I like how he fleshes out the memorable verse Prov 3:5-6. God’s word has so much packed into small spaces!!! thanks for the reminder to trust Him and lean on Him!!

  • Jessah
    Posted at 22:42h, 21 January Reply

    Often times my prayers ask for clarity on my decisions and seek understanding. But sometimes it is so hard. Great reminder. You’re always giving me good reminders. 🙂 Happy ICLW,

  • Stephanie Berman
    Posted at 15:04h, 22 January Reply

    What a VIVID word picture the Israelites journey is of NOT following Proverbs 3:1-6. Granted I realize that Proverbs was written after that, but still! Great picture! If we don’t follow God, it takes a whole lot longer to get to where He wants us to be.

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