The other week in our Ministry Unit Council meeting, something was said that made me think about Proverbs 3:5-6 (and I’ve also been thinking a lot about these words lately ☺). This is what we are told in the Holy Bible:
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 straight your paths. (NIV 2011)
What was said in our meeting is that sometimes we need to ‘open a door’ and when we are seeking him, he will either ‘leave it open’ or ‘close it’ – but we usually do need to do something and not vacillate (be indecisive).
I don’t know about you, but I certainly do find that I, personally, like to be able to work things out. It is partly how God made me but also can be partly sinful. And I say ‘sinful’ as I like to know things – perhaps lean on my own understanding. But our Lord knows everything, and I need to trust him, that is, trust that he does. Now this doesn’t mean that we must always do nothing, and he will do everything. This also doesn’t mean that we don’t weigh things up as he has given us abilities and prayerfully provides us with wisdom to make decisions. Sometimes, and I stress sometimes, the decision he wants us to make is to simply ‘open the door’ and then see what happens. And that decision is also one of trust, as we aren’t always sure what will then happen. So, trusting in him involves obedience to his voice, and sometimes his voice is just saying ‘open the door’ and see.
I naturally prefer to open a door knowing what is behind it. I guess you do too. But there are occasions when opening a door and not knowing what lies behind it, is very much trusting him.
Is our Lord requiring you to open a door at the moment? If so, don’t vacillate, please trust him, including trusting what he might have already clearly said.