Daily Proverb (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Daily Proverb (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

I suspect many in our world have trust issues. They have those issues because they have been let down by others who have promised certain things or said certain things, and, either deliberately or through no fault of their own, they failed to deliver on those things. Yet, these two well-known verses focus not on other people. The focus is on the God of heaven. Indeed, we are called to trust him because, unlike other fallible creatures of this life, he will not fail, and he cannot fail. He makes great promises to his people, and his Word is bathed in integrity, truth, and faithfulness (Psa. 33). That is the plain teaching of the Bible about the God who has made all things. He will not fail his people. Ever. So much for the obvious. The problem for many is not knowing those truths. The problem is execution. Yet, Solomon gives us comfort amid the focus. He tells us how and why we must trust the God of heaven. 

First, he says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Stated positively, the divine author gets to the root of the matter and states plainly that this matter of trusting the Lord is one of the heart. Sure, it is easy (too easy) to say, “I trust the Lord.” Sometimes you must say that even if you do not feel as confident as you should. The issue remains, though. It is an issue of the heart. What should you do when you realize you are not as trusting of the Lord’s work as you should be? Recognize that awareness as an act of God’s grace. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, it is pointed out to you. But why? That you might seek his help in your time of distrust. Indeed, no God-fearing Christian desires to live without confidence in their God. That leads to the action: pray. No. That is not profound, but it is the correct response. “Lord, I know I should trust you with things that are too hard for me to understand, but I struggle to do so. I am a miserable creature. Please help me!” 

Second, he says, do not lean on your own understanding. Here is the problem for most people. Instead of doing as suggested above, they begin to resolve it on their own. Those solutions are sought in all the wrong places, typically. At the end of it all, it leads to confusion and calamity. Your understanding must be bathed in the Word of God. True wisdom is knowing facts and applying those facts to everyday life. Where else will you find the right way to live if not in the Word of God (Psa. 119:105)? We understand so little about what is going on around us. We do not see the end from the beginning. We are not the Alpha and Omega. So, instead of fretting about the matter, we should seek it in the Word of God. Therefore, we listen to the wisdom of Solomon and remind ourselves, “In all [our] ways acknowledge him.”

Third, he says he will make straight your paths. no, it doesn’t say that everything will turn out as you might expect or hope. It doesn’t say that blue skies and sunshine will follow you all day. It does say that as we learn to trust the Lord, seeking his face for help in times of struggle and confusion, he will take us exactly where we should be. We do not have to worry about the outcome. That is God’s business, and it is his doing. Remember, for the Christian, God is always working out these unknown matters for the good of his people. Do not fear, dear friend. God knows what he is doing and how to do it, not for harm but for your good. Indeed, great trust is needed in those times.

So, we recognize our weakness to trust as we should. We pray and plead for help to trust the God of heaven. We wait for his will to be worked in our lives, and we draw comfort from the fact that he will lead us where we need to be.