“Placing Our Trust”
5) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
– Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
King Solomon wrote portions of the book of Proverbs in an attempt to guide and instruct others in their pursuit of wisdom. The words he wrote were not promises, but they were sayings and phrases meant to help shine a light on the path we all walk called life. From the actions we do to the people we hang out with, these words give great advice on what to pursue and what to avoid. Building on that, the common theme that Solomon paints through his writings in Proverbs is to follow the Lord.
In these verses here we see Solomon urges the reader to trust and follow the Lord despite what their understanding might dictate. He says our whole heart must trust in God and we must know Him in everything we do. No matter what is going on around us, God is the one sure thing we can trust. Despite all the changes, anxiety, and uncertainty in the world around us, we can always trust in the Lord with all our hearts, lean on His understanding, and acknowledge Him in all our ways.
So why should we trust in God over our understanding? We see in Scripture that God created everything (Genesis 1), He is all-knowing (1 John 3:20), and He never changes (Psalm 102:25-27). Nothing that is going on right now is outside of His plans or understanding, and He knows exactly how everything will play out. Despite all the changes going on around us, the Lord is still the same and His love never fails. We should trust in God rather than our understanding for these reasons, especially in these uncertain times.
Pray and ask God to help you to trust in Him over the feelings of your own heart. Next, ask the Lord to help you lean on Him instead of your understanding. Lastly, thank God for the fact that He is always the same despite the changing of the times.
Written By: FBCBA | CBC – Student Ministry Team