23rd December 2023




"Trust in the Lord" The Meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6

People often quote Proverbs, chapter 3 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.

"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".

Proverbs 3:5-6

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.

King Solomon wrote most of the book of Proverbs.
We know this because Proverbs 1:1 says, "The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel."
(King David wrote most of the book of Psalms).
Proverbs 25:1 says that the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied the proverbs of Solomon.

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.
Proverbs 3:5-6 mean that we are to trust God with all our hearts and not depend on what we know.
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.

The world has taught us that we are very capable of handling anything that comes our way.
Many of the methods don't include the power of God but that of man.
God sees the bigger picture and therefore knows what lies ahead of you and what you don't see.

Trusting God comes naturally when you know Him and how He works.
It's hard to trust someone you don't know and can't rely on.
God is trustworthy and faithful and has proven Himself throughout the Bible.
When you spend time to read the scriptures, you will know God and His ways and be familiar with His will.

God expects that you will trust Him with all your heart, not just a part of it.
When we don't trust Him wholeheartedly, we question His abilities and tuck in a Plan B, just in case He doesn't come through.

The second part of verse 5 tells us not to depend on our understanding of things because we could be wrong.
You may have misinterpreted someone's words or underestimated a certain danger or threat.

We love being in control and tend to stay away from anything that makes us lose our grasp of any situation.
That is why Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still," meaning that we should stop striving to do things in our strength.

Your opinion should not rank higher than what our God says because you don't always know the truth about something.

You have to let go of what you think you know so that God can show you the truth.
You may have biased opinions based on false beliefs.
God has given us the Spirit of truth - the Holy Spirit - to show us the truth in every situation we face.

When you are intimate with God, you give Him access to all your life, not just a part of it.
You allow Him to have a say in the things you plan on doing to make sure you don't end up on a dead-end road.

Remember, there is a path that looks right to a man but in the end, it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12).

God's word is right and true and you can bank on it.
God is faithful and always stands by His word.
He is your helper and will help you when you don't know what to do.

He will never leave you or forsake you in your time of need.
Trust God always and your path will be secure and stable.

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