Do you remember the “walk of faith” scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? Jones is faced with an almost certain death when he reaches a deep cavern between him and his goal. He must walk step by step across a bridge that is invisible to him.
It seems to me that we often find ourselves in situations like Indiana Jones. We see the point we want to get to, but we don’t understand how we are going to get there because we are not sure how to place our feet on the right places.
High School students looking into college are often very focused on the end goal of a degree and a job so they think they have to decide on the perfect and most prestigious school during their senior year. Never mind the need for God’s input, prayer, or godly friends.
Proverbs 3:5-6 gives us some clarity on how we can make sure we end up where we belong:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
In this passage we see three steps that lead to the right place:
1-Trust God completely.
Trusting God with our heart means that we give Him all of our thoughts and concerns. We give him our heart, “for out of it spring the issues of life.” The name for God used in this Proverb is the Hebrew word YHWH which points to the sovereignty of God. He knows our future and we need not worry about it so long as we trust Him.
2-Trust God humbly.
To trust God completely, we must also yield to His wisdom. God is the one with the plan. We know that God is all-knowing and has given us His ear, His word, and His godly-council to direct us. It is only by humbly receiving the direction of God that we can end up where we belong.
3-Trust God intentionally.
Trusting God intentionally means filtering all of your decisions through His direction in your life. God gives us direction in three ways: Prayer and quiet time with Him, His Word, and godly men and women that He has placed in our lives. We should do our best to consult these things as we move about our everyday lives.
When we follow God in this way, we will end up just like Indiana Jones. When Indiana Jones stopped focusing on the end goal and began focusing on each step he had to take, he ended up right where he needed to be. When we stop focusing solely on the end and trust God each step, we too will end up right were need to be.
Director of Admissions
Northeastern Baptist College