Dear Precious Friends,
On this beautiful new day, this gift from God, I pray you are embracing this gift seeking Him first knowing why we can trust Him with All our hearts. Often we say this verse and don't comprehend the richness of it and the depth of what it means. I will break it down.In the biblical book of Proverbs, chapter 3 and verses 5 and 6 are popular in the Christian faith.
People often quote them as a way of trusting God when things are tough. They are a source of comfort when a person is going through a situation they don’t understand. The wisdom in Proverbs 3:5-6 is necessary for every situation we face in life. Verses 5 and 6 are part of one sentence:
"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".
To better understand and explain Proverbs 3:5-6 we have to consider verses together. This gives the context of the message they convey to the reader. Though simple, these two Bible verses are power-packed and deliver a hard-hitting message. That if you trust in the Lord instead of your human wisdom, God will show you the right path to take.
Before we dive into the deeper meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6, let’s look at who wrote it.
King Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs, (Old Testament) where we find chapter 3 passages 5 and 6.
Solomon was the wisest man that ever lived. He asked God for wisdom to rule the people of Israel and they recognized that his wisdom was divine. 1 Kings 4:32 says Solomon had three thousand proverbs to his name. The proverbs were a reflection of the wisdom Solomon had gleaned throughout his life.
What does Proverbs 3:5-6 mean is that we are to trust God with all our hearts and not depend on what we know. At all times, include God in everything you do, and this way, you give Him a chance to keep you on the right track. You may not always know what lies ahead.
The general application of these verses is that in any given situation, trust Our Lord because He knows what to do. You don’t always know what to do, and relying on your wisdom or intelligence will mislead you. When you involve God in every action step you take to rectify a situation, you will arrive at the right solution.
Let's break this down:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart: The word ""Trust" means to lie helpless, face down. It's actually a picture of a servant who is waiting for his master's command so that he can respond in full obedience. In other words, the focus of trust is submission. Solomon's advise is: Submit your heart in full obedience to God.
Lean not on your own understanding: To lean is to prop yourself up against something. According to Solomon, man's wisdom or understanding cannot support the weight of our lifes challenges or decisions. God's wisdom, on the other hand, is like a firm tree with deep roots, able to support the weight of our lives as we lean against Him in full trust. Man's wisdom is like a piece of balsa wood. It's simply too flimsy to prop up our lives.
In all your ways acknowledge Him; When Solomon says to "acknowledge Him," he's not telling us to give God his hour on Sunday mornings or to say "grace over our dinner. God's not looking for a wink of the eye or a tip of the hat. Instead, God wants us to invite Him into every area of our lives. Acknowledgement is an act of recognizing God's full Lordship in our lies.
He will make your paths straight: Our temptation (and tendency) is to pick a path with the expectation that God will approve of it. That's not how God works. Rather than picking a path and asking God to bless it, God has already chosen a "bless-able path. And when we choose to trust Him, lean on Him, and acknowledge Him, His path becomes clear. God doesn't bless "our " path. He blesses "His path and invites us to walk on it.
This scripture is very powerful and it gives us a deeper understanding about relying upon our lord. In every decision and steps taken in our daily life we should seek his Wisdom and direction. The Christian life is one that you live in surrender to the Lord. I pray as we live out the wisdom of this verse, He is a part of every area of our life and all we do. He wants to make sure you we always on the right track.
When we are intimate with God, we give Him access to all our life, not just a part of it. We allow Him to have a say in the things we plan on doing to make sure we don’t end up on the wrong path.
God’s ways are perfect and He makes our ways secure and righteous.
Have an amazing day Trusting Him with ALL YOUR HEART!