We are unable to successfully negotiate our way through the complexities of life without Him for “All a man’s ways seem right to him” but they lead to spiritual death (Prov 14:12, 21:2). As “It is not for man to direct his steps” the wisest option is to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t rely on your own understanding…Commit your way to the Lord” (Ps 37:5; Prov 3:5,6; Jer 10:23).

However, the way of salvation is not complicated. It requires faith and trust like a child has to become a Christian, not intellect (Mk 10:15; 1 Cor 1:26). No one including the simple will stray from the Lord’s pathway if they obey Him (Isa 35:8). Obedience is the key to blessing and victory. We can live godly lives with Christ’s enablement and the resources He has made available to us.

Man likes to complicate what God makes simple. The religious leaders of Jesus day complicated matters, painstakingly observing the law, yet they failed to recognise Jesus as the Son of God (Lk 11:37-52; Jn 5:39). This stance prevented many common people from coming into a relationship with Him. Jesus summed up the commandments (what

The more complicated, the greater the possible confusion

God requires) as, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Love your neighbour as yourself” (Mk 12:30,31).

See also: confusion, simple.