“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” –Proverbs 3:5-6
These often-quoted verses are very encouraging. However, there is a risk of them becoming too familiar that we fail to see the point and power in them. We must remember that Solomon is writing proverbs of wisdom to his son that will eventually take over the kingdom of Israel. Yet this verse is just as true for a future king as for a CEO, a schoolteacher, or a stay at home mom. The verse tells us not to depend on our understanding of circumstances, decisions, or even right or wrong, but to trust God with all our heart.
How do we trust God? By reading and believing what He tells us in His Word as opposed to what we understand and think in and of ourselves. For example, Solomon also tells his son, “The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy” (Prov 12:22). How many times are we faced with a situation in which, to our own understanding, it will turn out better if we bend the truth a little? This verse promises that if we trust God and not our own understanding, He will lead us on right paths (we will look at what “right paths” mean tomorrow).
- Evaluate your own level of Bible intake- Are you reading His Word so that you know what He says so you can trust Him?
- Pray about any area in which you are relying on your own understanding and not God’s. Ask for strength to trust Him.
“Father, please help me to rely on You rather than my own understanding. Give me hears to hear, and a heart to follow Your ways.”
*My daily reading: Ezra 4-5, Proverbs 3, Luke 13:22-35, 1 Timothy 2