I recently read an article by Jon Bloom related to Psalm 3:5-8.
[Pro 3:5-8 NASB] "5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones."
He noted that these two statements (5-6 and 7-8) and their associated promises are coupled together, even though many people only have the first memorized. Bloom also points out that the requirements for the first promise--trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding--can only be met if the requirements for the second promise--be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord, and turn away from evil--have also already been met.
From there he discusses the importance of humility before the Lord, but I was struck by something else. If these promise statements are coupled together, and the requirements for one are prerequisites to meeting the requirements of the other, that means (maybe obviously), that the promised outcomes ought to be expected in tandem. In this case, those outcomes are “He will make straight your paths” and “it will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones”. I find the implications of this to be incredible; as we humble ourselves and trust in Him, he desires not only to lead us on the right path but to refresh us as He does so! Walking humbly and in the fear of the Lord, turning from evil and being guided by Him is NOT a weary, tiring endeavor. It is a journey that is paired with His healing and refreshment!
So often I do not find this to be what is happening to me; but I feel it is a result if my lack of fully trusting in Him and my nagging pride that is keeping me from this kind of refreshing guidance. As my wife and I both are facing uncertainty in upcoming decisions and questions about direction, I am clinging to this promise that the more deeply we humble ourselves and trust in Him, He will not only guide us but refresh and restore us as we follow Him.
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