So if wisdom brings peace…how do I find wisdom? According to Proverbs 3, I have to hold onto the word of the Lord. I have to strive to keep the Lord’s commands in mind and not forget his teachings. I must remember kindness and truth by wearing them like a necklace and write them on the tablet of my heart.
But there’s more…I also have to trust God with all my heart. I have to give up all dependence on what I believe is best for me in the situation or current circumstance and trust the Lord in everything I do and then He will give me success.
I have to confess…at times I tend to be a control freak. For example:
I played softball until I was about 35 years old. Every time I’d step up into the batters box I’d dig my feet in and grip the bat so tight my knuckles would turn white. I’m not sure why I held on so tight…I probably didn’t want to sling the bat across the field when it came time to drop it and run. So I held tight. Like holding onto the bat and digging my feet into the batter’s box, I can hold on to a life issue so tight…trying to control every little detail. It’s exhausting and it’s a lack of faith and trust in God on my part.
God doesn’t want me “white knuckling” the circumstances of my life. He wants me to bring them to Him and lay them at His feet and trust Him. When I try to control circumstances it seems they either get worse or nothing happens at all. I am trying to “fix” something I have no control over in the first place. When I allow God to work, He takes over the chaos and control and works all things together for my good (Romans 8:28). In the process, I will learn to rely on God, grow in wisdom and knowledge and most importantly find success because I “let go” and “let God.”