Yesterday I watched a video on YouTube from Dr. Tony Evans, and I want to share my notes from the video below. At the end, I will post the video as well. As I discussed a couple of days ago in An Unexpected Gift and Softening of My Heart, I’m learning to fully trust Him.
Life (as a roadway) is filled with twists and turns, and we don’t always know what’s coming around the bend. But God has signposts for us to follow in order to navigate life successfully. Many Christians seem unable to navigate the twists and turns. There seems to be a disconnect in our faith and trust in Jesus Christ to get us to heaven and our trust in Christ to navigate our walk on earth.
In order to navigate our lives we need wisdom, which is the ability to perceive the true nature of something and to implement the will of God regarding it. We need God’s wisdom in order to live the rest of our lives wisely. How do we get it?
- Trust in God entirely (with all your heart): If we trust God entirely, we will go to Him first. If we turn to other sources before going to God, then we aren’t trusting Him. The Lord’s wisdom is beyond our ability to know and see and is infinite. “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!” (Romans 11:33)
“…and lean not on your own understanding” Human understanding is flawed by sin and is finite. Our thoughts must be measured against God’s standard. If we lean on our own understanding, we often mix secular knowledge with God’s wisdom (double-mindedness), which negates God. “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” (James 3:13-16)
Ask God for wisdom in faith and without doubting. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:5-8)
2. Trust God intimately: In all your ways acknowledge Him. We are to acknowledge who He is in relationship to who we are. We should go to Him first to find out what He thinks about something. There is a principle or precept in the Bible for every decision in life, although we might not understand how it applies specifically in our situation. The Holy Spirit will apply God’s Word to our personal situations.
3. Trust God progressively and He will make your paths straight. The more we trust Him to direct our lives, the more involved He will be in our lives. To make our paths straight, God will remove the obstacles in our paths so we can follow where He wants us to go.
God wants us to trust Him entirely (and not mix His wisdom with worldly wisdom), He wants to be involved in the process and then He will show us where He wants us to go.