“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. “Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
I Can Do It Myself! This is a classic phrase that we’ve probably heard many times from young children. When young children are learning a new skill or how to do a task, they often do not want our help (yet).
We watch as they try to tie their shoes, or zipper their coat for the first time, learning how to cut with scissors, button and so many other things that they want to do on their own.
We watch until they get frustrated (and sometimes tearful) enough to accept our assistance. Sometimes we too want to do things on our own. Specifically life.
We try to do life on our own, our way, with our own understanding. I can do it by myself.
Jesus is looking at us as we struggle in the same way we watch young children wanting to do things on their own.
Jesus is waiting and watching as we desperately fail at life when we try to do it on our, own without him. Then, just as a young child who realizes he needs help, so do we. Jesus welcomes us unto Him.
He wants us to come to him with our lifes burdens and lay them down at his feet. He wants to know us personally, intimately, and have a relationship with him. I can’t do anything ” by myself”.
Our verse today tells us God knows what’s best for us. We must not be wise in our own eyes. We should be willing to listen to and be corrected by his Word and counsel. He will make our paths straight.
We should acknowledge God in all our ways, turning every area of life over to him. As we follow God’s leading He will make our paths straight by both guiding and protecting us. God wants us to go to him in prayer, with our problems and ask him for help.