Credentials and experience matter to me. When it comes to baseball, I rarely listen to a so-called expert who cannot back up what he’s saying with evidence of success as a player, coach, analyst, researcher, etc. But, when I find someone with both credentials and experience, it’s time to listen. When I find someone with more impressive credentials and greater experience than me (not hard to find!!), it’s really time to listen.

We know this in sports, so why is it so hard in life?

Proverbs 3:5-6–“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (NASB).

Really, why is this so hard?

If we want to learn to play or coach baseball well, we listen to people who have better credentials, more knowledge and experience. Yet, we somehow think God doesn’t know what He’s talking about when it comes to our lives. This is a sad irony, one that is ruining many of us right now.

Take a moment and evaluate. Whose understanding do you trust more? Yours or God’s? What gets your trust? Your own intuition or God’s infinite wisdom and knowledge?

Sooner or later, trusting yourself will lead to a twisted and difficult path through life. Perhaps it’s time to trust the One whose understanding and wisdom cuts a straight path through a confusing and frustrating world.

What makes it hard to trust God’s understanding and wisdom? Leave a comment on the blog, Twitter, or Facebook. I’d love to hear from you.