(Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
In continuation of our discussion yesterday, we are not to focus our heart’s attention and meditation upon the troubles that are around us and thereby to stagger through unbelief at the promises of the Lord our God. Rather, we are to focus our heart’s attention and meditation upon our Lord who is with us; and thereby we are to be strong in faith concerning His promised presence, power, provision, and protection (see Romans 4:19-20). We are to set our trust in the Lord entirely, with all our heart, with complete confidence in Him. Certainly, He is worthy of such whole-hearted trust and confidence. Proverbs 28:26 reveals that anyone who sets his trust and confidence in his own heart is a fool. Yet this does not mean that we are to have no confidence at all. We are not to lean upon our own wisdom and ability, but we are to lean upon our Lord’s wisdom and ability. We are not to walk in self-confidence at all, but we are to walk in God-confidence with all our heart.
We are not to lean in any way, even the smallest bit, upon our own wisdom and ability. Such a trust and confidence in ourselves is actually pride of heart. Thus Proverbs 3:7 instructs us not to be wise in our own eyes, and Romans 12:16 takes it even further by instructing us not to be wise in our own conceits. Thus we are to acknowledge our Lord in every step, in every decision and direction that we take in our daily living. Yet what does it mean to acknowledge Him? In the first place, it means to acknowledge His existence. We must acknowledge that God actually exists and that He is the God over all His creation.
Beloved, the closing portion of Proverbs 3:6 gives the promise, “And he shall direct thy paths.” This is our Lord’s promise to us – If we will trust in Him entirely with all our heart, exclusively and not at all on ourselves, and exactly in complete submission to His will, then He will guide and direct our paths. Then He will guide and direct our ever step in our daily walk.
Meditation: Do not lean upon your own wisdom and ability, but lean upon the Lord’s wisdom and ability.
RM: The Value of Trust
Prayer: Oh Lord, help my unbelief. Help me to increase my trust and confidence in you in Jesus name, Amen.