"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
If you were like me, growing up as a young boy, you'd cleave upon the words of your Father! In our eyes, they could say or do no wrong. It's not until you got older that you realized your superman of a father had imperfections. There were mistakes they've made, people they've hurt, and drastic decisions that changed the course of their lives. Most will tell you that when you get older if they're honest. But if you had no earthly father in your life, whose voice did you hear? Who's instruction did you receive? Some may have been family members, neighbors, clergy, and teachers. They stepped in to try and provide some guidance that a young man need in their adolescent years. However, all these individuals pale in comparison to our Heavenly Father. We, in our limited minds don't have all the answers.
Proverbs 2:6 says, "For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding." Whose voice is better to heed than the one who created our being? This verse lets us know that our God is the creator of all and knows everything pertaining to life. He and he alone is the true voice of reason.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to "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." Being attentive to God's voice and following His path is the only way that we can be sure to remain in his protection, his provision, and his purpose. Many men have made valiant efforts to guide youth through this life. Many have been successful. But those are the ones who've yielded themselves to the Master's voice of knowledge and traversed down roads with understanding that God provided for them.
"Being attentive to God's voice and following His paths is the only way that we can be sure to remain in his protection, his provision, and his purpose."
Let us be mindful of the one voice that supersedes all in that of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Make time to listen.
Dr. Stephone A. Berry is an Associate Minister at Christian Faith Fellowship in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated with a Master of Divinity in Ministry Studies and earned a Doctorate of Ministerial Leadership from Columbia International University.