One of the promises James discusses in his book is from Proverbs 3:5-6. That verse says,
"Trust in the Lord God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."That verse has meant a lot to me today. I won't do it complete justice, but James breaks the verse down like this:
- Trust in God with all your heart: This means that I need to give my entire being over to God. It is not enough to give him part of my heart. I need to be wholly, completely sold out to God.
- Lean not on your own understanding: As I face my problems I can't try to solve them on my own ideas and strategies. I need to confess to God that I'm unable and seek to follow his guidance.
- In all your ways acknowledge him: Everything I do needs to bring glory to God. I need to pray and invite God into every decision I make. At each step I need to ask God to join me.
- He will make your paths straight: Life is hard and filled with twists and turns. When I trust in God, follow him instead of my own abilities and bring him glory in all I say and do, then God will show me the way to go.