Proverbs 3 probably contains some of the most famous verses in the entire Bible:
”Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6) These verses were written out for me in the first Bible I was ever given as a child and it took me years to fathom why they were so important!

The Message version translates these verses as ”Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. He’s the one who will keep you on track.”

Once again, we have the image of the road or path, rather like Isaiah says ‘Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” ‘ (Is 30:21)

Many of us are used to the idea of maps and SatNavs guiding us on our way, and SatNavs even have voices (often irritating ones) telling us what to do (“At the next junction, turn left.” )

In essence, God wants to do the same thing for us, guiding us every day, leading us along right paths (or paths of righteousness) for His name’s sake (Ps 23:3). But it is not easy to learn to discern God’s voice. Jesus said that He was the good shepherd and His sheep know His voice (John 10: 4, 11), but there are plenty of other voices competing for our attention. Learning to trust God for direction, guidance and help is something we all need to do if we are to walk well on the road to life.