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
It has been told that a monk from long ago needed oil to plant a sapling. Worried about the development and growth of his plant, he prayed to God. In his prayer he said: “God, in order for the fragile roots to grow and develop well, there needs to be plenty of rain. Please send rain.” After hearing his prayer, God sent rain. Once again, the monk prayed and said: “God, my small plant needs sunshine.” The sun shined and was out that entire day. One last time the monk said: “Oh God! Now my plant needs snow in order for its roots to be well grounded.” After stating that prayer, snow began to fall during night and covered the plant. However, the following morning the plant died.
The monk became very sad and proceeded to find another monk to share with him what had happened. After hearing everything, his friend said: “I also planted a sapling but instead of being worried about its development, I prayed and left it in God’s hands. I trusted him believing that he was the creator and he knew what my plant needed best. As a result, my plant has grown tremendously.”
How many times do we become anxious in our lives and worry about every little thing we need? How often do we get frustrated when we do not see the results that we want? Jesus talked about anxiety and clearly stated that we should not worry about anything because our heavenly Father knows what we need before we even ask. (Matthew 6:31-32)
Solomon stated: “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).
The words “trust in the Lord” encourage us to trust in a God that is all powerful. In order to be able to “trust in the Lord,” we must first be able to acknowledge him. The act of completely trusting in God is consciously acknowledging our dependence in him. Proverbs also states: “acknowledge him.” This word suggests a commandment which means that we should keep our eyes fixed on God, and begin to truly know him during moments of anguish and times of trouble.
To submit to the Lord is to trust in him. It means to have faith even when we do not see anything. David said in Psalm 37:5: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this”
So then brethren, lets trust in him. In doing so, we will find that step by step, God will plan and guide our ways.