We cannot know what is best for us. While that statement is contrary to what most of us believe about ourselves and our ability, God’s word says it’s true. As we read in Proverbs chapter 16, looking at versus 21 through 33, verse 25 really stands out. There is a way that seems right to us, but in the end it leads to death. Our best guesses and our plans are all flawed. There are several reasons for this. One of those reasons is that we are not perfect. We make mistakes and as a result, our plans have those mistakes in them. Another reason that our plans lead to death is that we cannot possibly know every potential outcome or variable that can influence our plans. We just simply don’t have that kind of knowledge. We do the best we can with the information that we have, but we will never have all information.
The question becomes, knowing that we cannot always choose the path that is going to be best for us, how do we respond? Will you trust the one who does know all of those things? His plan and path for us are perfect and he has a reason for every trail he leads us down. We trust him day by day even when we don’t understand the path because we know that he understands it and as we are obedient to him, we will be exactly where we need to be.