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. – Proverbs 3:5-6
When I was seven years old, I visited my grandma in Indiana. In the summer, she lived in a cottage on beautiful Lake James. Not far from her cottage was a Christian camp. A camp counselor there named Scott spent some time with me during my visit. He was extremely nice and I enjoyed my time with him.
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Before I left Indiana, Scott gave me a Bible. In the front cover, he wrote: “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” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Over the next twelve years that Bible collected dust on my bookshelf. Every once in a while I would read a few chapters, but it didn’t make much sense to me.
When I was nineteen, some college friends began to share with me about Jesus Christ. A few months later I became a Christian. I blew the dust off my old Bible and began to read. What once were just words on a page suddenly became truth to me. God opened my eyes as I began to read His Word and He showed me wondrous things I had never seen before.
One day I reread the inscription Scott made in the front cover. I realized that he had tried to warn me about what I had done for twelve years. All that time I was leaning on my own understanding instead of trusting in the Lord. I tried to figure out the Bible with my own intellect and got nowhere.
Once I became a Christian and acknowledged God in my life, He began to direct me and make His words clear to me. Sometimes I still try to lean on my own understanding when I read the Bible. But if I open the Bible with prayer that God will make it clear to me, I have a solid rock to lean on. If I acknowledge Him, He will direct me.
Allow God to reveal Himself to you through His Word.
Trust Him and He will light your path through the darkness.