“Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track” (Proverbs 3:5-6, The Message).
“Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;
never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.
Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,
and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead” (Proverbs 3:5-6, The Voice).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
That’s how I grew up reading this familiar passage.
I probably read over it a thousand times and never really grasped it.
It’s all at once simple to understand and exceedingly difficult to live out.
In fact, it’s impossible in my own strength.
How do I trust God completely instead of trusting in my own understanding?
How do I cling to Jesus when it goes against every natural instinct in me?
My default setting is to lean on my own understanding, incomplete and faulty as it is, and to shun God.
My own experience has been that when I do trust God completely, I’m amazed at what happens. When I trust my own understanding, it doesn’t go well.
Lord, help me to trust You when it doesn’t come natural to me. Help me see that Your ways are always best. Help me remember that You are big enough for my doubts and questions, and You are strong enough to deliver me when I only have the tiniest seed of faith.