“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).
Tonight at Kairos, guest speaker Eric Reid spoke about a very familiar passage of Scripture. I think anybody who’s familiar at all with the Bible has probably heard, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” at some point in a Bible study or a sermon or a Sunday School lesson. It’s something that we pass around tritely, sometimes without really meaning it — “Oh, trust in the Lord!”
But it occurred to me while he was speaking, what if you switched the verbs. I think it still speaks the same message, but just in a different way. “Lean on the Lord with all your heart, and trust not in your own understanding.”
In other words, don’t trust in what your mind thinks or what your heart feels, because they can lead you astray. Lean on God — put all your weight on the Almighty — and He will guide you in the right way.
The way you “lean not on your own understanding” is to take every thought captive. When you try to play out a scenario in your mind about a situation you’re in, it often leads to fear and anxiety. You often end up worrying about something that hasn’t even happened yet — and may not even happen at all. But when you take that thought captive and hold it up against what God’s word said, you see the truth.
The more you know God, and not merely know about God, the more you trust Him. The more you abide in God’s Word, the more you see through experience of God’s faithfulness, the more you will lean on Him in times of trouble and the less you will trust in your own understanding.
Then God will make your path straight. Not easy, not pain-free, but keeping you on track toward what He wants for you and finally to where He is in heaven. Then you will know that God is not just at the end of the road but with you at every step along the road.