Friday, January 10, 2014

Renewal. Refreshing.

There is a well-known verse that I have fallen in love with.  It came to my attention back in 2009 while I was living in Honduras.  I started reading Proverbs for the month and it wasn't necessarily the well-known part that stuck out to me, but the next two verses.  Most of us have heard to trust in the Lord our God with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding.  Sometimes that is easier said than done.  I'm easily persuaded by my own knowledge...meager as it may be.  Sometimes human logic is so enticing that I fall into the pit.

I'll give you two different versions of the four verses.  I personally love the Amplified bible because it gives you several different definitions of the translations to get a fuller meaning.  The English Standard Version is much simpler.

"Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.  In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.  It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8 AMP)

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones." (Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV)

I am soothed just by repeating His words.  Having all trust in our Lord and Savior gives us relaxation.  It takes away all worry.  Be confident that His way is the way.  Give up human logic.  Sometimes things just don't make sense, but why strain our brains with an attempt to understand?  God is wholly good.  Give your mental, physical, and spiritual health a break and sink into the welcoming arms of Christ, of God our Father.  Acknowledge Him as the one and only and your whole being will be uplifted.  Sing praise to Him.  Shout to Him.  Love Him.

I kind of want to do a dance in my office right now.  He is wonderful.  He is exhilarating.

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love this post! There are about a million and a half different things going on in my life that I don't understand! I know exactly how I want things to go! And I am doing everything the "right" way... Everything should workout how I planned it, right...? Wrong! When you are living for the LORD, if you want things to be successful, you gotta do things according to Gods plans. Yet for some reason I constantly find myself asking "Why?" I remember when I was a young lad, my parents would get so frustrated with me constantly asking "WHY?!" I just wanted to understand! And I think this burning desire to understand things carries over into adulthood. We are constantly stressing and figure out and worrying about everything! Really, we just need to trust in God, that HE has everything in control! I pray that we can ALL find this trust in God so that we can stop stressing and worrying about all the little things and start focusing on the important things in life!