“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve considered matters of the heart. Specifically, we’ve looked at the Lord’s gaze not being upon our outward, external appearances, but on our hearts (1 Samuel 16). We are also called, as God’s people, to diligently guard our hearts (Proverbs 4). Today, we consider a familiar, yet so important and helpful passage, that teaches us another valuable lesson regarding our relationship with the Lord- that being trust.
We are called trust God completely, with our whole hearts. This means we must have full confidence in His wisdom, power, and good providence. We must believe that He is able to do what He will, wise to do what is best, and good, according to His promises, to do what is best for us.
We must do so, while not doing what comes so easy to us- leaning on our own understanding. Our own understanding certainly fails us. Rather, with full submission and satisfaction, we are to depend on Him. The words resound again- Trust in the Lord with all of your heart! Lean on Him, who is completely trustworthy and faithful (Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 33:4, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Hebrews 10:23).
As you walk through the rest of your week, I encourage you to do so prayerfully. Whether you are on the mountain top or down deep in a valley right now, trust and acknowledge the Lord. Fervently beseech Him for His merciful care and divine direction, then submit to the all wise guidance He provides. The paths God takes you down won’t always be easy, but they will be good and for your good.