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.
There have been many times that I have recited these verses of God’s Word. More than I can count I think. It has usually been because there was something going on in my life that I just couldn’t figure out or understand why I was caught up in it. I also have to confess that sometimes where I found myself had nothing to do with God directing me or placing me there. I was stubborn and prideful and found that I got myself in trouble doing exactly the opposite of what this verse instructs me to do.
Do the opposite of what God directs you might ask? Is that possible for a believer in Jesus Christ? Well, yes it is. Maybe we are reminded here in Proverbs because as humans we would NEED to be reminded. That as humans, we would find ourselves outside of where God intended us to be more times than we want.
I believe that God is saying a lot in these two verses:
First, He takes us to the “heart” of the matter. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust in Him, not in ourselves, or anyone else for that matter. It’s a simple command. Trust in God. The Creator of all things. The Alpha and the Omega; Beginning and End. The All Knowing, All Powerful, and Ever Present God with all of your heart. Not wavering, but deep within your heart. With everything that defines who you are and what you believe in.
Secondly, God says to lean not on our own understanding. That means to take ourselves out of it. Lean on God’s wisdom and understanding. We may not even be able to comprehend it, but we are to take hold of it. His understanding because in our own finite understanding, we would certainly misunderstand it.
Thirdly, in all of our ways acknowledge Him. If we pursue being obedient to the first two commands, then I believe that we are certainly acknowledging God.
And lastly, the reward; He shall direct our paths. It says, He shall direct our paths. I don’t know about you but if I was in charge of my path, I’d get lost. Like someone once said, “You’d get lost in a paper bag.” “He shall” doesn’t mean “He might”. It means He shall and you can count on it. Hallelujah!
I probably will continue to go back to these verses again and again. But I think God is ok with that. He wants us to know His promises and His loving reminders in His Word.
Heavenly Father. Thank You for Your heavenly reminders in Your Word. Thank You that within Your commands comes a promised blessing. Thank You that we can take hold of this truth and believe that the path that You direct will lead us to glory. Forgive us, Lord, when our stubbornness and pride get in the way and we think our path is better than Yours. Help us to stay on track. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!