Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
What does it mean to depend on God? What does it look like? Proverbs 3:6 answers that question: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” Charles Bridges explains how this works out in everyday life in his book, Commentary on Proverbs:
Take one step at a time, every step under Divine warrant and direction. Ever plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted.
It’s the “ordinary matters of the day” that we often try to accomplish on our own, is it not? When we’re faced with a big decision, Proverbs 3:6 is our go-to verse. We’re quick to acknowledge our need for God in extraordinary situations. However, it is often in the ordinary matters of our day where our lack of dependence is most evident.
We live for periods of time as if we don’t need God in order to clean our bathroom, or to counsel our children, or to make a phone call, or to run that errand. Yet, as Bridges rightly asserts, this is self –idolatry. We think we’re sufficient to handle everyday matters. But, of course, we’re not! Rather, we must abandon self-effort and self-idolatry and actively choose to depend on God…
In the end, our highest goal each day is not flawless execution of our plans or increased productivity. It’s our relationship with God, walking in dependence upon him throughout the day. We should not be more consumed with the completion of our to-do list than pleasing and glorifying the Savior.
~Carolyn Mahaney, Nicole Whitacre, Kristin Chesemore, and Janelle Bradshaw in “Navigating the Interruptions and Busy Seasons of Life“