One of the most well-known and beloved verses in the Bible is Proverbs 3:5-6, which says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all our hearts? How can we lean not on our own understanding, but on God’s wisdom? How can we acknowledge Him in all our ways, and let Him guide us?
To trust in the Lord with all our heart means to rely on Him completely, to depend on His power and promises, and to surrender our will and desires to His. It means to have faith that He is good, faithful, and able to do what He says. It means to love Him with all our being and to seek His glory above all else.
To lean not on our own understanding means to recognize that our human wisdom is limited, flawed, and often biased by our sin and emotions. It means to admit that we don’t have all the answers and that we need God’s perspective and guidance. It means to humble ourselves before Him, and to seek His counsel and instruction.
To acknowledge Him in all our ways means to recognize that He is the Lord of our life and that everything we do should be done for Him and with Him. It means to consult Him in every decision, to obey His commands, and to follow His leading. It means to honor Him with our words, actions, and attitudes.
When we do these things, God promises to direct our paths. He will show us the way we should go, and He will make it clear and straight. He will remove the obstacles and distractions that may hinder us, and He will provide the resources and opportunities we need. He will protect us from harm and evil, and He will bless us with peace and joy.
Trusting in the Lord is not always easy. Sometimes we may face challenges, doubts, or fears that tempt us to rely on ourselves or others instead of God. Sometimes we may not understand His ways or His timing, and we may feel confused or frustrated. Sometimes we may struggle to submit to His will or to follow His direction, and we may rebel or wander away.
But trusting in the Lord is always worth it. He is trustworthy, wise, and loving. He knows what is best for us, and He wants what is best for us. He has a good plan and purpose for our lives, and He will fulfill it. He is with us always, and He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Let us trust in the Lord with all our hearts today and every day. Let us lean not on our own understanding, but on His. Let us acknowledge Him in all our ways, and let Him direct our paths.