5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.Proverbs 3:5-6
The Book of Proverbs speaks of the way of wisdom and the way of foolishness:
- The way of wisdom will lead to life.
- The way of foolishness will lead to devastation and eventually death.
This passage invites us to follow the way of the LORD. It is a great invitation urging us to trust in God wholeheartedly. To trust means “to lean your whole weight upon” and here we are invited to place our whole weight upon God. We do that by not leaning on our own understanding. Not our knowledge, or speculation, life experience, gifts, or financial wealth.
So we don’t know what 2018 will bring, do we? But we can put the whole weight of our worries upon God because He is bigger than the problems that we face. He is SO superior to “our own understanding”. And that must affect the amount of trust (if we can quantify in human terms) we have in Him.
The Proverb says that the quality of our trust must not be partial and half-hearted.
What would it look like for you to trust God wholeheartedly with your finances?
What would it look like for you to trust God wholeheartedly with your marriage and your many human relationships?
What would it look like for you to trust God wholeheartedly with your faith?
Listen: “in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”. And the result of trusting God wholeheartedly is that He will make your paths straight. That is a powerful statement!
How have you experienced God’s leading in your life? What does it look like? He will direct you and lead you.
- He led Abraham out of his country of Ur of the Chaldeans into Canaan.
- He led the Israelites out of Egypt.
- He led Nehemiah in the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem.
- He led the disciples to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth.
God will lead you too, all it takes is trust. Will you trust Him today? Will you use these two verses to inform your prayers for yourself today and will you pray this for everyone who is reading Proverbs 3 today?