Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto then own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
These verses tell us to completely trust in the Lord for all our needs. But this is a much bigger meaning than God just meeting all of our daily needs, such as our food, clothing, jobs, or even our emotional needs.
Most people only think about the first half of the first verse, which tells us to trust in the Lord. But the second half the first verse tells us exactly what we need to do in order to fully trust in the Lord. We are not supposed to lean on our own understanding. We are instead supposed to acknowledge God in every single one of our ways and then He will already take care of leading us in the correct path of life.
This means we need to give Him the credit every day for why we can do the things we do. One of the best ways to do this is to come to Him every day in prayer giving thanks for all His leading.
What does this verse really mean though? Let me give you an example. What’s the first thing that we end up doing when we fall into some form of struggle? We try finding ways to solve the struggle or finding ways to get out of them. Finally, when there is no more hope of us getting out without help, then we ask for the Lord’s help.
Is this truly trusting? Are we actually leaning on the Lord? Or are we much rather taking things into our own hands before we even think about God in the situation? We, as humans, try to solve things that are actually beyond our power to solve. We try to get rid of the power of sin without God’s help, or we try to get out of difficult situations without prayer.
There’s a reason why king Solomon told us in these proverbs not to trust in our own understanding. Our own understanding will only dig us deeper into the mud that were already standing in. This is because our minds and our thinking is much lower than God’s. God can see things in the future that could hurt us or bless us. Our minds aren’t near as powerful as God is. We aren’t even meant to have that level of thinking. We are created to praise God for what He does.
These verses teach us to surrender ourselves completely to the mercy of God. We are to fully trust every path that He leads us on, even if the path is extremely difficult. Christians understand that everything God does in this world is a good thing, even if it seems evil at first. He brings good things out of everything that happens. That means He will never allow us to suffer for no reason. There will always be a good reason behind our suffering. If God does everything for good, why would we even try to solve things ourselves?
Whenever a battle comes your way, immediately go to prayer. But always remember to pray that God can teach you what He is trying to teach you through the difficulties. Remember that for every trial there is a purpose and a reason for it. Ask God to show you that reason so that you can endure the trial better. Don’t immediately start to fix the problem if God places you under that trial on purpose to teach you something greater. Trust His paths and His judgments above what your mind is telling you to do.
Always remember that when anything comes your way, there is always a good reason behind it. God is in full control of your life. Trust in the Lord more than what you trust your own thinking, because man’s thinking is sinful and God is perfect. Walk by faith and God will help you. So even when things are tough, remember that God understands things better than you do. Lean on the Lord fully and He will hold you and guide you.