When You Don’t Understand

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 your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

You are going to have times in your life when you simply don’t  understand “what in the world is going on!”  People seem to be acting out of character, unexpected changes come in multiples, or you just can’t seem to get a handle on which direction life is taking you.  It’s as though one day you were walking steadfastly along and then, the next, you are nearly knocked over by wave after wave of change.  You don’t understand!

If you’re like most people, you begin to analyze the situation, looking for answers as you try to put all the pieces together.  You may fall into the discouragement trap as negative thoughts begin to fill your mind – thoughts like fear, self-blame, or a sense that things are unfair.  You may question why God is allowing certain events and wonder if He is angry with you or doesn’t care about you anymore.

When you don’t understand, when you can’t come up with the cause or the solution – God’s Word has the answer!  The book of Proverbs tells us to trust, not in ourselves or in others, but in the Lord.  We are told not to lean on our own understanding but to acknowledge God in all our ways.  During these times, we can’t rely on our own wisdom or direction.  It has to come from God.

Our peace comes from knowing that He will make our path straight again.  In His love and wisdom He is taking the turbulence in your life and using it for your good.  He is maneuvering you to the place He wants you to be.  Many storms pass by without notice, some create changes, and others pick us up and set us down in a totally different direction.

So when you “don’t understand,” lean on God’s wisdom and trust Him to make the path before you straight.  Acknowledge Him in all your ways and patiently wait for His direction.




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