January 4, Year B

Inspired by Proverbs 3:1-12

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be a healing for your flesh and a refreshment for your body.” Proverbs 3:5-8 (NRSV)

Every day we need to make choices: for ourselves, in our work, for our loved ones. Some of those choices are minor; some have long-lasting repercussions. Most of the time we only have limited information on which to base our decisions, and we’re usually plagued with feelings of doubt as to whether or not we’re doing what’s right.

In truth, we don’t have all the answers. Nor are we supposed to. God has given us wise and discerning minds, which we are to use to think through our problems and come to the best decisions we can. But along with all other information we have, we also have our knowledge of the Lord, and our trust in him.

We won’t always make the ‘best’ choices, but when we recognize the limits of our own wisdom and consider the will of the Lord in the decisions we do make, we can be assured that God will be with us, guiding us in his ways, and helping and supporting us when we have to face the consequences of our choices, both the good ones and the bad.

Let us pray. God of wisdom, you alone are truly wise. Free us from the burdens of our self-ascribed omniscience, that we may find rest in your gracious love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.