Read: Proverbs 3:1-18
Consider: Have you ever met an expert; someone who is held up in society as the ‘fount of all knowledge’ on a particular subject? Perhaps you’ve seen someone on television speaking about a particular science issue and being acknowledged as an expert. I’ll let you into a secret. Most people who are called experts are uncomfortable with the title. Why? It is because the more they get to know, the more they realise how little they really know.
In Proverbs 3 the writer encourages his reader first and foremost to trust in the Lord and secondly not to lean on their own understanding. This is because God is really the source of all knowledge and our human understanding is limited by what has been discovered so far. We may think we know everything about a subject, but a new discovery can change things dramatically. Think for a moment of those who at one time thought the world was flat. It may seem ridiculous to us today. Most of us will have seen photographs of the earth taken from space, so we know that the world is round. However, it didn’t require someone to go into space to look at the earth from a distance, all it took was for someone to sail around the world. Do you think God ever thought the world was flat? Of course not. God knew all along that the earth was round, but it took quite a long time for mankind to get to the same point of understanding.
The word ‘all’ is used twice in Proverbs 3:5-6. Firstly, we are to trust God with ‘all’ our hearts and secondly we are to submit to God in ‘all’ our ways. This means that God wants everything. There isn’t any part of our lives that God isn’t interested in. It isn’t just the spiritual side of things that he wants to be involved with. We may tend to compartmentalise our lives, but God does not. There is no decision that we are likely to make that God should be excluded from.
I’m not advocating that your or my prayer life should become focused on ourselves and our needs. Prayer needs to be balanced between praise\adoration, confession and petitioning. However, if God is really interested in every aspect of our lives, we need to have the courage to bring all these things to him.
Pray: Father, forgive us for compartmentalising our lives into spiritual and secular. We know that you are passionately interested in every aspect of our lives. Give us the courage and the willingness to bring all issues before you, so that we can gain your perspective on them. Amen