Bible Society of South Africa

Learning to let go - 22 May 2023

By Xanthe Hancox

Bible text(s)

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

Proverbs 3:5-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

In a world that values self-reliance and independence, it can be difficult to fully trust in the Lord and surrender our plans to him. We often find ourselves leaning on ourselves or those around us, relying on our own human wisdom and perspectives. Yet, today’s verse reminds us of the wisdom in trusting God wholeheartedly and acknowledging him in all our ways.

So, what does it mean to trust God? When we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, we invite Him to be the centre of our lives. We seek his guidance and direction in our decisions, relationships, and pursuits. We open our hearts to his leading, knowing that he will make our paths straight.

Trusting in the Lord requires us to let go of our own limited understanding and to place our confidence in his infinite wisdom and guidance. Trusting in the Lord is an act of surrender, recognising that he knows what is best for us and that his plans surpass our own.

Trusting in the Lord doesn’t mean life will be free from challenges or uncertainties, but it means we have an anchor in the midst of the storms and a compass to navigate the unknown.

Today, let’s reflect and evaluate our trust in the Lord. Are we leaning on our own understanding, or are we fully relying on his wisdom and guidance? Trusting in the Lord is a lifelong journey, but as we grow in faith, we will experience his faithfulness and the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I come before you with a heart that desires to trust you wholeheartedly. Help me to let go of my own understanding and lean on you. When doubts and uncertainties arise, remind me of your faithfulness and the promise that you will make my paths straight. I trust in you, Lord, and I commit my life into your hands. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

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