(This is part 2 of a 5-part series. Read Part One)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Pause here for a moment. Go grab a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Seriously, do it. I promise I won’t make you work too hard.
Okay, now draw a simple circle like the one below that fills up your entire page.
Imagine that this circle represents everything there is to know in the universe.
Now take your writing utensil and make a mark inside the circle that represents everything there is to know that you fully understand.
If you’re honest, the mark should be barely decipherable (and that’s being generous).
Now, let me ask you a question:
Do you think that GOD understands everything there is to know in the universe?
(The answer’s “YES!” in case you’re not sure)
Then, tell me why if we only understand a micro-fraction of what God understands, do we continually depend on our own understanding???
Not only are we trying to rely on our own limited finite understanding; we’re trying to understand God’s infinite wisdom with our finite foolishness.
How stupid is that???
If I’m waiting until I fully understand what, why, where, and how before I make a decision, I will drive myself crazy with endless “what-ifs” and never translate a single conceptual idea into a concrete reality.
Principle #2 of difficult decision-making:
Don’t seek to understand.
Seek to OBEY.
Next up: Principle #3