Many believe that a person determines his own future and his own path. Many argue that this is a matter of pure rationalism, according to which life is like a calculator: you get data, do the necessary calculations and you have a result. Obviously, such a mechanistic view of life ignores the Creator and Master of life, who is the One who always has the last word. As it says in the book of Job:
“But he stands alone, and who can oppose Him He does whatever He pleases.”
And in the book of Proverbs we read the following:
“To man [belongs] the suggestions of the heart, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.”
“All the ways of a man are pure in his eyes, but the Lord weighs souls.”
“There are many plans in the heart of man, but only what is determined by the Lord will take place.”
“The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his course.”
Many roads may sometimes be open before us. We sometimes have a lot of questions. But what does the Word of God say? That the Lord, despite our questions, knows how to guide us. Five times in the passages cited from the book of Proverbs, the idea is repeated that, despite the fact that a person can make many plans and he can have many different thoughts that seem right to his eyes, in the end only what is determined by the will of the Lord will take place. It is the Lord, the Creator and Lord of life, who controls our procession and weighs our souls and hearts. The book of the prophet Jeremiah says:
“I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps..”
You may think: why did this or that event happen this way and not otherwise? You may also judge yourself for what you think you did in a given situation was not the best. However, this should not be done. The Lord of life, the One to whom you have entrusted your life, also has the right to vote and His will. Proverbs 24:12 says:
“If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?”
The Lord keeps our souls, weighs our hearts and although we may not know something, He knows everything. The Lord knows everything that worries us or hurts us. Instead of blaming ourselves for past decisions or worrying about future decisions, let’s open our hearts to Him, trust Him with our path, and He certainly knows how to guide us.
Returning to the example of Paul, which we considered in the previous issue (Acts 16), it must be said that the revelation regarding where to go and where to preach the Word of God was not immediately given to Paul. However, this did not mean that he remained somewhere waiting for the revelation. Instead, he went to Mysia. But the Lord prevented him. Then he tried to go to Galatia, but the Lord blocked his way again. Eventually he arrived at Troas, and there the Lord showed him by revelation that he should go to Macedonia and preach there. Paul did not sit at home waiting for the Lord to answer yes or no. Nor did he blame himself for the failure of his plans for the Misya and Galatia. He made the decision to go there. He sincerely knocked on the door and knew that the Lord had the right to open or close it. Very often we find ourselves at a crossroads when we need to make a decision. Let us make this decision prayerfully and with a pure heart, leaving the Lord to direct our steps. The most important thing here is not our ability to make decisions or receive revelations, but to fully trust the Lord, and He will guide us on our way. Here is what David says about it:
“Trust in the Lord and do good; live on earth and keep the truth. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will fulfill the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in Him and He will perfect and bring out, as a light, your righteousness and your justice as noonday. Submit yourselves to the Lord and trust in Him.”
Let us commit our ways to the Lord, and He will do everything. Let us submit to Him and let us hope in Him. We see the same thought in Romans 8:28:
“Moreover, we know that to those who love God, who are called according to [His] will, everything works together for good.”
Everything works together for the good of those who love God. EVERYTHING. Both what we think is good for us, and what we think brings us suffering. Therefore, let us not lose heart and lose courage. Instead, let’s trust the Lord, for He knows how to lead us on our path.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
By Anastasios Kioylaxogloy.