Our Bible verse for today: “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.” (NIV) Proverbs 3:5-6
Our thought for today: “Make sure your heart is right, do your part, and then trust God.”
This morning I want to continue our lesson from yesterday about knowing and doing the will of God. Yesterday we learned that knowing and doing the will of God was the key to the life that Jesus lived. His desire to understand God’s will so He could then be obedient to it was so strong, that it was the motivating factor in His life. That is the key to our own successful life as well. The best life you will ever have is the one that is lived right in the center of God’s will. As we conclude our Christmas celebration and head into 2019, this is one of the most important lessons we can take with us from the life that Jesus went on to live.
When it comes to making good decisions and honoring God, Proverbs 3:5-6 may be one of the most important verses in Scripture. So let’s take a look at the individual pieces of guidance we’re given in that verse:
First, trust in the Lord with all your heart. Know that God loves you unconditionally and that He has a good and perfect plan for your life. He is more interested in your well-being and good decision-making than even you are, so you can trust Him unequivocally.
Second, lean not on your own understanding. In other words, do everything you can to seek His will and His guidance. Through prayer, Bible study, careful consideration of your circumstances, and good counsel from wise Christian friends, patiently place yourself in a position before God whereby He can speak to you and make His will known to you.
Third, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. If your heart is right and you genuinely do want to honor Him with your choices, then you can trust that He is not going to sit back and watch you walk off the edge of a cliff. If your heart is right and you are genuinely doing your part to seek His guidance, He will guide you. He might not give you specific instructions about exactly what to do, instead He might want you to consider your options and then use your spiritual maturity and good judgment to make wise choices. But if your heart is right and you really are trying to honor Him, He will guide you enough to keep you on track.
This Sunday at Oak Hill Baptist Church the New Years sermon will be about the opportunities will be have in 2019 and how to make good decisions. If you are close to Cumberland County Tennessee then we invite you to join us for the 10:00 service. If you’re not near us, then I encourage you to listen to the message on our website at http://www.oakhillbaptist.net. On the home page click on “listen” and then select the sermon for 12/30/18. You can also bring up the PowerPoint slides that go with the message.
When it comes to knowing and doing the will of God just make sure your heart is right, do your part, and then trust God.