Mar 11, 2012

Frankly My Dear, You Can't Be Trusted...But Neither Can I

We have heard most of our lives that when facing tough decisions, we ought to do what our hearts tells us is right.

As we saw in yesterday's post, that's terrible advise.

God says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3.5-6).

Yesterday's blog was about why trusting in our hearts with something as important as our lives is a bad idea.

Today, I want to convince you that our lives are so important that we can't even be trusted with our lives.

Most of us believe and act as if no one knows what's best for us like we know what's best for us. And this includes God. We may say that we trust God and believe that God knows best, but in the way most of us go about living our lives and making decisions, we make it crystal clear that we believe we know best.

Here's how it usually plays out.
  • God, I know what you said in the Bible about not being unequally yoked (not marrying an unbeliever). But you don't understand, God. You don't know him/her like I do. I know what my heart is telling me and I know that he/she is the one for me. 
  • God, I know what you say about being truthful and honest, but you don't understand how my industry works.
  • God, I know what you said about sex outside of marriage. But you don't understand. God, this is the modern world and we don't live in the stone ages any more. Things are different now. And if you only knew how things have changed, you too would understand.
Listen. When it comes to our reasoning and understanding and God's clear commands, God's commands trumps our understanding every time because God is God, and he knows best.

If we would truly grasp this one simple truth, we would avoid such heartache for ourselves.

Life is too precious, too important to trust in our own understanding. God created us. God knows best.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

These aren't my words.

These be God's words. And God guarantees his promises.

2 comments:

Geff said...

thank you for these thoughts this morning. I am close to homelessness and without a lot of hope,and I keep trying to find my way out by thinking in terms of myself,my intelligence. Your words have helped me realize my focus needs to be on the Lord more than anything else right now.You have opened my eyes.Thank you.

James Kim said...

Geff, thank you for your kind words. Pray that all will work out for you. I know that God will take care of you. Thanks for the comment.