Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” NASU
Another rendering of this is “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” NKJV So whether He makes my paths straight or directs my path I know that If I “trust” with All My Heart and “resist the temptation” to follow my own understanding, perception, and perspective while “acknowledging” Him in All My Ways I can totally depend upon His guidance, care, and keeping.
This is the passage that opened the door to “forgiveness” for me and allowed me to enter into the delight of Salvation. I was convinced that I was Lost and equally convinced that I Had Done too Much to ever be forgiven. That is a classic example of leaning to my own understanding and a reflection of how little I knew of God, His nature, or His character. As I read that passage at near midnight on a Saturday night in Palestine, Texas I looked heavenward and opened my heart, mind, and soul to the Lord and in sincere repentance received His Grace and my life has never been the same! Thank God for The Word of God and Praying People who loved God and people enough to not give up on me!
I cannot say enough about “whole-hearted trust.” Without that kind of trust in the Lord, we will find ourselves questioning His character, actions, and the events of life. We will second guess our decisions, those of others, and even those of the Lord and find that we are prime targets for deception, depression, and rebellion. However, if we learn to give God Our Whole Hearts, in trust, we will find The Peace that Passes All Human Understanding and Calmness in Life that so many fail to know. You only see the “now” and the “past” but God sees the End from the Beginning. God sees the now, the past and the future and He is diligently working so that “All things, Work Together for our good.” Not that all things are “good” but combined and compiled they produce the peaceable fruit of righteousness and His divine purposes in our lives.
God has demonstrated so many times, in my life, that He is completely Trustworthy I have no problem giving Him my “whole-hearted trust” at all times and in all things. Sometimes, I scratch my head and wonder what He is up to or even why He would take the path that He takes but in the midst of all that I Trust God with a Whole Heart! As the disciples said when Jesus asked if they too would leave Him – “Lord, where would we go for with you are the Words of Eternal Life.” Where Could I Go But To The Lord? I do not want to go anywhere but to Him!
May God be with you as you go through your day!