I'm a fan of conditional statements, and maybe the Lord is, too. So, here's one I have witnessed and personally experienced that affirms the precision of the Word of God: If you wholly trust in Christ with all your heart, then He will direct you through your life. It is not a "boulevard of broken dreams," nor is it a do-it-yourself life. It is an avenue of divine visions. It is a road lined with golden bars undivided from Christ's promises, where every step we take is nestled in His path.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6, "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."
The first portion states "Trust in the Lord."
I ask myself why Solomon would write this for all generations to read thereafter. With wisdom, he knew that the cares of life quickly press upon our strength both naturally and spiritually. This tabernacle of clay can only withstand so many challenges and vicious attacks. If only I fully believe and am persuaded that Christ is my Savior and refuge, then I'll be safely rooted and grounded in Him (Ephesians 3:17).
There is not a day that goes by that I am not beset by the opposition and his fiery darts. None of us are exempt, but it helps to remember that in this life the Armor of God is available that Paul so earnestly implores believers to equip themselves with (Ephesians 6:11-18). Let us trust!
The second part states "with all thine heart."
I believe it is not written that I should shake in my boots or ask "All of my heart, Lord?" If I am trusting in Him, it is easy to put ALL of my heart into it. Not 99 percent but all of my desires, all of my faith, all of my hopes, and all of my love. My high school baseball coach often told me, "Give it all you've got, Marcus!" I think the Lord gently prods the same way today.
And if I do not rely on my own understandings and knowledge and instead rush to recognize His goodness in my life, what will happen? "He shall direct thy paths." He will "provide means whereby (we) can accomplish the thing which he has commanded" (1 Nephi 17:3).
He's going to be there every step of the way if we trust and obey.
Summer Reading Challenge Daily Assignment
2 Nephi 19-23
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