“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].”
Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
Nobody on earth is in the extreme of perfection you may be laid off from your job, all you need to do is to pray,asking for God for help to find a new one. But when weeks went by and nothing came of you may attempt at networking and filling out applications, you began to pout. “Don’t You know how important it is that I have a job?” you tempt to ask God, your arms folded in protest at seemingly unanswered prayer.
You may need to talk to your father, relatives,friends or even your Pastor.When You talked to your father, who had often reminded you about believing God’s promises, about your job situation, you may constantly remember when he said, “I want you to get to the point where you trust what God says.”
Then your father’s advice reminds me of Proverbs 3, which includes wise advice from a parent to a beloved child. This familiar passage was especially applicable to your situation: “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). To “make . . . paths straight” means God will guide us toward His goals for our growth. His ultimate goal is that I become more like Him.
This does not mean that the paths He chooses will be easy. But You can choose to trust that His direction and timing are ultimately for your good.
Are you waiting on God for an answer? Choose to draw near to Him and trust that He will guide you.
“Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with outsiders (non-believers), make the most of each opportunity [treating it as something precious]. Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you].”
Colossians 4:5-6 AMP
Most believers spend large amounts of time with people who don’t believe in Christ, and so these verses about how we’re to live amongst outsiders are immediately relevant for our day-to-day lives. These verses come right after Paul has been speaking of his mission to declare Christ (4:3) – with the point being that believers are also called to declare Christ.
Firstly, we’re commanded to ‘Be wise’ (v. 5). We’ve already learnt in Colossians that wisdom is summed up in Christ (2:3), and in 1:9–10 Paul prays that the Colossians might have wisdom to live lives worthy of Christ. Being wise towards outsiders, therefore, involves putting Christ on display as we live for him. By way of contrast, living foolishly would mean to ‘hide’ Christ and live without him. Never underestimate the wisdom that you have to share with the world around you! Furthermore, we should understand the urgency of this. We live in a time when God is waiting patiently for unbelievers to repent, not wanting anyone to perish (2 Pet. 3:9). Therefore, as Paul says at the end of verse 5, we should make good use of this opportunity or time to put Christ on display in our lives.
Secondly, we’re to think, in particular, about our words. ‘Conversation’ here (v. 6) is exactly the same term translated as ‘message’ (or ‘word’, ESV) in verse 3. There is, therefore, most likely a connection between the ‘word’ Paul is wanting to declare, and the ‘word’ that is to come out of our mouths while we are amongst unbelievers. This ‘word’ that we share is to be full of grace and distinctiveness (‘seasoned with salt’). Our speech is, as with the rest of life, to be filled with the new life of Christ in us. Our words are to be shaped by the gospel word so that we reflect Christ in small and big ways. People will have questions and objections, but our words, when shaped by the gospel word, will give answers.
This is the day that Christ has given you to live amongst outsiders. How will you make him known?
- How can outsiders see the wisdom of your life today? What will draw them to Christ through you?
- What do you spend your time talking about? How much is it filled with the good things of Christ?
Gracious God, it is not always easy to surrender everything to You. But, this is what You call me to do. Help me to trust You and acknowledge You in all of my life. Lead me and direct me.
Let us be filled with the new life of Christ. Our words are to be shaped by the gospel word so that we reflect Christ in small and big ways and use our eternal hope to comfort us in our seasons of loss and grief in Jesus Name.