“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 is an often quoted and memorized Bible verse. However, not surprisingly, it is easier said than done. It is easy to say the words, without really thinking about what living out these words looks like.
Trust in the LORD. When I trust in something I can count on it. The dictionary definition of trust is, “to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something; to have confidence in (someone or something); to believe that something is true or correct.” All of these definitions need to apply to my trust in God. I must believe that all his promises are reliable and that what he says is true. I must believe that he had the ability to create the world and that he has the strength to stand against my enemies. I need have confidence that he cares for me and believe that his word, the Bible, is true and correct.
There are so many things in this life that I can put my trust in. I can trust my family, my doctor, the government, my pastor, and the list goes one. But over time, all these people will disappoint and let me down. There is only one that is totally faithful and trustworthy, and that is my Heavenly Father. However, if I don’t take the time to get to know God personally, I will never be able to totally trust him.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart. If I truly trust in God, it must be with ALL my heart. If I only trust God some of the time, or with only some things, then I am not trusting God at all. Trust is an all or nothing kind of proposition.
And lean not on your own understanding. I need to let go of what I think I know, and totally rely on God. I must stop trying to be self-sufficient, but instead depend on my Creator and his infinite wisdom.
In all your ways submit to him. Trusting in the Lord requires that I submit everything that I have, and everything that I do to him, all the time, every day. Some versions say, “in all your ways acknowledge him.” I acknowledge him when I feel his presence with me throughout the day, and turn to him for comfort, companionship and guidance.
And he will make your paths straight. When I fully trust God, then he can lead me down the correct path. So often I want to go my own way and do my own thing. I like to be the boss. However, when I am truly trusting in God then I eagerly follow God’s direction.
When I want to know what God’s will in my life is, I only need to trust in him with all my heart, and lean not on my own understanding, but in all my ways submit to him. If I am trusting, leaning, and submitting, then I can be confident that I am following God’s plan for my life.