trust…submit…follow

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV)

I believe in looking for affirmations. God often times chooses to work through other people to reveal things to us and send us messages. I had such an experience the other day…one of those where if I wasn’t a person of faith, I would have cued up the theme from The Twilight Zone.

I attended a pastors’ prayer meeting. As we closed, a colleague prayed over me to trust God with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding in order to follow His lead for my life. I nodded in agreement, because that well known proverb is one I aim to live by. When the meeting was over, I got back to business with an eye to the end of the day.

After getting home and starting work on supper, Mia asked for cereal as a snack. We were a couple hours away from eating, so I complied. She wanted Honeycomb, but we didn’t have enough left to fill the bowl, and knowing Mia, I knew that wouldn’t fly. So I filled the bowl the rest of the day with some Fruit Loops, poured the milk, and got back to prepping our dinner meal.

My phone dinged with a message from Perry Southers; it simply read, “Proverbs 3:5-6.” I smiled, went to my Bible app, and read that familiar verse once again. I replied by telling him that a colleague prayed that very verse over me only a couple hours previously. He then shared that he was munching on a bowl of cereal, and felt God lead him to share that verse with me. I said thank you, and told him I just fixed Mia a bowl of cereal as a snack. He shared that his bowl was actually a mixture. Of what (as though you had to ask)?

…Honeycomb and Fruit Loops…

I kid you not.

As we explored yesterday, life is a journey that requires a deep consciousness of God, because He is with you in everything. This is something you can trust and believe, even when it’s hard. There are definitely times when the path seems so obscured that you don’t know where to go. Today’s passage gives you all the wisdom you need: trust God, submit to God, and follow God. When you do this, you will find Him. Consider Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God wants to lead you and make your way straight, and promises that you will find Him when you seek Him with your whole heart. So do it. Trust God with all your heart. Submit your life to Him. Follow Him on your journey.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for leading me on my life journey. I trust you, submit my life to you, and seek you with all my heart. Help me to follow you, and lean on you as opposed to my own understanding. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.