Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Have you heard about Charles Blondin? Charles Blondin was a 19th century acrobat, famous for his tightrope act 160 feet above Niagara Falls on a rope that was more than a thousand feet long.
In 1860, a Royal party from Britain saw Blondin cross the tightrope on stilts, and again blindfolded. After that he stopped halfway and cooked and ate an omelet. Next he wheeled a wheelbarrow from one side to the other, and returned with a sack of potatoes in it.
Then Blondin approached the Royal party. He asked the Duke of Newcastle, “Do you believe I could take a man across the tightrope in this wheelbarrow?”
“Yes, I do,” said the Duke.
“Hop in, then,” replied Blondin.
Well, the Duke declined Blondin’s challenge. He might have believed Blondin could do it, but he wasn’t about to trust him with his life.
When it comes to God, this kind of belief is not much good to Him. God is looking for followers who will trust Him with their whole lives.
We know what trust means. We find ourselves having to trust people every day. We trust whoever built our house that it’s not going to fall in on our heads. We trust the bank with our money. We trust whoever designed our video recorder that when we set the timer it will record the program we wanted. When we fly, we invest a tremendous amount of trust in the pilot, the maintenance crews and the air traffic control people.
We exercise trust all the time, without an extra thought.
Trust is the practical outworking of faith: It is when we trust God that we show that our faith in Him is real. We are to trust him with our whole hearts and put our whole lives in his hands.
The Christian, who has put his or her faith in God, has to get into that wheelbarrow when God challenges us. We are to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.
Trusting in our own understanding is like getting halfway across the tightrope and then shouting, “Hey! Blondin! You don’t want to do it like that.” Then we leap out of the wheelbarrow and start trying to push it ourselves. Doing this 16 stories above Niagara Falls on a tightrope would be madness.
But that’s what we try to do all the time. We believe we know better how to run our lives than God; we try to lean on our own understanding.
We are to acknowledge God in all our ways. The danger of partially acknowledging God is that we will be half in the wheelbarrow, half out. Frankly that’s not going to be very comfortable. And there is always the possibility that we might fall out completely.
And He will make your paths straight if you trust in Him with all your heart.
Sometimes there will seem to be insurmountable obstacles in our way, and we will begin to doubt that this is the straight path that God is leading us on. But this is all part of learning to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.
Removing the obstacles is His job! He will make your paths straight.
So be prepared to go where God is taking you, and be prepared to trust in Him to make the path straight. When we get into the wheelbarrow, we are ready to go where God wants to take us.
(Dan Cumings is the youth pastor at Mildred Bible Chapel.)