Do you really think you are smart enough to direct your own life? (Proverbs 3:1-8)

Sometimes, as Christians, we don’t understand the power that we have. Pentecost teaches us that we have the almighty God! It’s the message that was given to the church in 1 John 4:4, “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” When we walk with God, we understand that we are connected to the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of the universe who loves me unconditionally.

The problem when attempt to take God’s place in directing our own lives. Imagine having the world’s greatest tax accountant at your disposal, yet insisting on doing your own taxes because you know the state of your finances better. Or having the world’s best chef offering to cook you dinner, yet choosing to cook your own meal because you feel as though you can do better. Consider that we have Christ in our lives! Who better to guide us than the God who knows past, present and future? Who better to lead us than someone who sacrificed everything to save us? Isn’t it hubris to think that we really have a better grasp in life than God?

This is what Proverbs 3:1-8 is teaching us. First, we are being told that by following God’s principles we will live a better life. There are things that money cannot buy, such as the peace and good reputation that God wants to give you!

Second, we are instructed to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” According to the Bible, you are not as qualified as God to direct your own life to the ends that we all desire. You do not have the infinite wisdom that God possesses. You do not have the ability to lead yourself into abundance. That is why we cannot lean on our own understanding. It’s too limited compared to the breadth of God’s infinite understanding.

If you are a parent, you’ll understand this concept fully. When I go shopping with my kids, they don’t care about family budgets, credit, or the repercussions of bad spending. All they care about is getting what they want at that moment. If I directed my household by their limited understanding, my future would be wrecked! They don’t have the foresight that we do to manage the facets of life that need to be managed.

In a similar fashion, we lack the foresight that God has. That’s why I encourage you to stop trying to take the place of God in your life. It’s difficult to let go of the reigns, admit our own shortcomings, and acquiesce to a spiritual authority. It’s difficult to change a worldview in order to realize principles that might be foreign to you. But in the end, God will direct you to that life in abundance that you desire (e.g. John 10:10).