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. (Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV).
“Just trust God, He will come through for you.” has been a phrase, I’m sure, someone has said to you before for encouragement. For some of us, we have heard it so many times now it sounds like a church cliché. But in reality, we should trust in the Lord with all of our heart. It is not good enough for us to trust God half way and hold on to the other half to work it out for ourselves. Many of us mess up what God has for us because we get impatient. We have to be careful not to make decisions when we are frustrated with life or the circumstances around us.
If Jesus is our Great Shepherd who cares and loves us unconditionally, that means He has our best interest at his heart. When the circumstances in our lives seem dark, that is not the time to trust our heart to make decisions. It is important for us to lean and trust in the Lord and not depend solely on our understanding. Depending on our understanding of the situation will only bring more chaos. When we lean on Jesus for direction and guidance, we will never go wrong. Whatever we do in life, we should always acknowledge the Creator. Failure to acknowledge the Creator, who is Sovereign, in everything we do, is like slapping Him in the face.
There are three ways in which we can trust God that is mentioned in Proverbs 3:5, 6
- Trust God Entirely- ‘with all of thine heart’. God demands an undivided commitment to Himself.
- Trust God Exclusively- ‘and lean not unto thine own understanding’. Many people make crucial decisions in their lives base on how they feel and not on the Word of God for guidance.
- Trust God Extensively-‘in all thy ways acknowledge him’. We should trust God in every aspect of our lives, whether it is small or big. He should be Lord over all parts of our lives because He is Sovereign.
To enjoy the Christian walk with Jesus and be blessed, it’s important to trust Him. When we trust God, we are allowing Him to direct our path and make it straight for success. We will never make it in this sinful world without trusting Him. It is very easy to lose hope in our society, to become a victim of depression or suicide. It is imperative for us to learn how to trust Jesus with every aspect of our lives.
Missionary Judith Gilzene Moodie
Newheiser, Jim. 2008. Opening up Proverbs. Day One Publications.