François de Sales said…
If I want only pure water, what does it matter whether it be brought in a vase of gold or of glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I desire and seek only the Divine will? (From: Maxims and Counsels of St. Francis de Sales).
Proverbs 3:5, 6: 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.
Few verses in the Bible are more familiar than this one. It is verses that capture in a sense, everything written so far in the book of Proverbs and what is to come. It is what life is about. It describes what wisdom means. Know the Lord and He will show you how to live. Ask God's advice and he will give you the right advice in your marriage, the way you raise your children, your business, approach your friendships, treat your parents - yes, in all areas of your life.
How do we desire to have this guidance every day! We need the Lord's advice! Life is not simple. Relationships are not easy. Amid all of these realities we want go his way – the right way!
I must confess that there were many days when I really knew the Lord in my decisions, but the road was not always great after that. You see, the right way is not always the easy way. The poet says that the Lord will make our paths straight, but it does not mean it will be easy. His advice is not ‘simple’. He emphasises that it may even include discipline (3:12).
Why is the right way not the easy way? The key is in the words ‘in all your ways submit to him’. In all our ways? Submit to Him? This means that we should put God first in every decision we make, every path we choose, every relationship, friendship, all education we share, in our jobs and business transactions. What this essentially means is that we will have to crucify ourselves. Self-denial is the path of wisdom. We give up our own wisdom and acknowledge that only He knows the right way (3:5).
It is hard. It is sometimes very painful! But if we do it, we will walk on God’s right path. This is what Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:33: Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
It is not my kingdom, my will or my name that is important. It is about YOU, Lord! When this is our attitude, the Lord will provide what we need. There is no need to worry.
As students we sang Prov 3:6 along with John 3:16. God loves you. His Son is the source of life. Trust Him and He will show you the right way.
Lord, I bring all my dreams, ambitions and ideas before you. Purify it so that it will be in accordance with your will, by the power of your Spirit. Amen.