Trust in the LORD with all your heart…

[Pro 3:5 NKJV] Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
[Pro 3:6 NKJV] In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

It has been a few months since I have journaled anything here, but I have to tell you, I have been extremely busy of late. I am pleased to say that my marriage has become something other-worldly all together (in a good way) as Erin and I have become closer and have honed our communication skills with one another. I wish I could say we have “arrived” but like everything else, it is a work in progress.

I had intended on going through the Scriptures in their entirety here, and may very well do so over the course of my life, as the LORD sees fit, but with all that is going on, I have scarcely had time to do my own devotionals, much less write them here. So, if you subscribe to this devotional I want to offer my apologies for not writing sooner. Hopefully, I will find some time to get back on track and continue our studies through Genesis. But not tonight. Instead, I just wanted to share a little bit of the WORD as the LORD has given me this passage to meditate on.

In the book of Proverbs, we find some of the most incredible nuggets of wisdom ever. I have heard some say that Proverbs is a compilation of pithy sayings meant to instruct us in wisdom. I just don’t like that word “pithy” at all. While I understand the definition is more powerful than I give it credit for, it just reminds me of words like “pitiful,” and “filthy,” which, of course, could not be further from the actual definition. The word itself is defined as “concise and forcefully expressive.” I would have to agree. I love Proverbs. It is one of my favorite books. It is said that God orchestrated it in such a way that you can read them over and over again, a chapter each day for a month (and then there is February), but I digress.

So, as I was reading the Scriptures I felt the LORD speaking to me, as it often happens and impressing upon me a certain passage of Scripture. Tonight it was Proverbs 3:5-6.

I have had some discussions recently with my wife concerning where we live, our children, their education and such. We have discussed moving again (Erin gets that bug every few years it seems) and getting a bigger house. We are not so much into bigger houses to keep up with the Jones’, but rather desire to have a larger home so that we can open it up for ministry purposes. We were thinking single mothers, families who need a place due to job loss or some major life event, or perhaps even graduates of the foster care system. With the oldest of our second batch of kids moving on to middle school, and the prospects of sending him to a new school that seems like it could be a good move at his formative age. But as with every major life decision it all boils down to us as believers coming to an agreement that we feel is in the direction the LORD would have us to go.

So, with that as the backdrop, it seems to me that the LORD’s timing is impeccable (as it always is).

[Pro 3:5 NKJV] Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
[Pro 3:6 NKJV] In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

One thing I can say without hesitation is that I do genuinely trust in the LORD with all of my heart. There have been too many experiences in my life to do anything but trust in the LORD. And so I don’t have any problems with that part of the Proverb. Where I tend to run into trouble is with the second part of verse 5 which tells us, “And lean not on your own understanding…” Now, I have pretty much always felt the need to lean on my own understanding when it comes to making decisions. We hear all of the time that the best decisions are the ones based in fact. We call them “informed decisions,” and are encouraged to make our decisions with the information at hand, and going even further to seek out more information on really important decisions. But where do we separate our knowledge and understanding and give way for trust? It is a difficult thing to do.

I don’t believe for one moment that the LORD is telling us to forsake our own understanding. He gave us brains after all. But I believe the emphasis here is on the reliance of our own understanding over faith in the LORD’s provision. If we are living for the LORD and letting our minds be conformed to Christ, then we will have our own understanding of life enlightened. Still, we must not lean on our own understanding, which is finite, and lean instead on the infinite wisdom of the LORD. And so what I have gleaned from this passage tonight is that I don’t have all of the answers. If I am not to lean on my own understanding, but am to put my trust completely in the LORD then there must be a prescription for my decision making in the Scriptures as well. Fortunately, the next verse contains such a prescription.

In verse 6 the Scriptures tell us that, “in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” This is where faith and trust culminate into a plan of action. If I trust in the LORD with all my heart, then everything I do and every decision I make (all of my ways) will conform to His will for me in the life He has given me. My responsibility then is to acknowledge Him and His role in my life. Jesus is my salvation, my security, and my compass. To Him, I look for everything. It is imperative then that in everything I do, that I give Him the recognition the He deserves. With my trust and dependence directed solely to Him, I don’t have anything to stress. I can rest in His wisdom and take His direction in every decision I make.

Notice that the verse says next, “…And He shall direct your paths.” I find comfort knowing that Jesus is the Captain at the helm, so to speak and that He is the One who sets my course.

So, as believers we must 1) trust in the LORD with everything we have 2) giving way to His will over our own 3) while acknowledging that He is in control 4) and depending on Him to guide us in the way we ought to go. For people who are indecisive, this should come as a relief. For the rest of us, we can rest in the knowledge that His ways are far better than our own and that He has proven His goodness over and over again. This is all the more reason we should rely on Him for everything, especially the decisions that we make.

Prayer: LORD, thank You for giving me the WORD that I need for today. I am certain that You have chosen such a time as this to put this verse on my heart. With some hefty decisions on the horizon, it is good to know that You are still in control. I love You LORD and I thank You for giving me the wisdom I need for the day at hand. I want to praise You and give You all of the glory. I know that so long as I am relying on You there are no bad decisions, just decisions made based upon obedience and trust in Your character and Your goodness. Blessings upon blessings be to Your name. It is in that name; the name of Jesus that I pray. –Amen

 

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