“Sure, thanks Proverbs 3:5-6, but why do I still feel stuck in the woods?”
Have you ever thought that maybe “acknowledging God in all your ways” doesn’t actually lead to your paths being made clear?
You wake up, “Thank you Lord for today.”
You eat breakfast, “Thank you Lord for this meal.”
You get dressed, “Thank you Lord for things to do today.”
You walk out the door, “Thank you Lord that I have a way to get to work.”
You get coffee, “Thank you Lord that I have enough change in the cup holder.”
And your day continues like this, with the additional heart-to-heart and “help me Lord” moments. Then the next day, and the day after that and the day after that, but still you have no direction. Is that verse not true? Should we just make the tough decisions in the dark without God turning on the light so that you can see the direction you ought to go?
Well wait, what about the warning just before verse 6, where it says “lean not on your own understanding.” Leaning on our own understanding is what you do when you succumb to doubt. Verse five begins with “Trust the Lord with all your heart” but after awhile when our path is still unclear we question if we should trust this in God’s hands and begin to try to come up with our own answer. We second guess, “maybe God wants me to figure this out on my own,” like He threw up His hands and said, “Good luck with that.”
Is it possible that Proverbs 3:5-6 is NOT in chronological order?
Trust God. Check.
Don’t try to come up with your own answer. Check.
Acknowledge God in all your ways. Check.
And He will direct your path. Uh…God…it’s your turn.
Instead, I think its a little more round robin than that, with the final destination being “He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]” (Amplified). Until you reach a straight path we have to continue to trust God with all our heart, avoid making resolutions out of fear and panic, and living a life that continuously acknowledges His constant presence and companionship in our lives. No matter how long it takes.
Your path will eventually become clear, but until then, maybe enjoy the stroll in the woods with God.