Article by Pastor Rick Hagar (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.

What does it mean to trust? One definition says trust is to believe in the reliability of someone or something, to believe in the truth, ability, or strength or someone or something. In a relationship, trusting someone means you think that the person is reliable, you can have confidence in them and you feel safe with them.

I love spending time with my two year old grandson but I have also learned to be on my guard when I am with him. If you see him standing on the stairs, or standing on top of something, and he begins counting to three, you better drop everything and get ready to catch him, because when he gets to three he will jump. And he has total trust and confidence in the fact that someone will be there to catch him when he does jump.

The author of our text has already given instructions to his son and with each set of instructions, has also encouraged him with a promise that can be expected if the instructions are kept. In our text, the author is encouraging his son, and the Lord is using it to encourage us, that we are to trust in the Lord with our whole heart, or with our entire being. Just as the little boy trusts so much that he jumps off the steps, knowing someone will be there to catch him, we can have that same trust and confidence in God.

The author also points out that we are not to lean on our own understanding, or we are not to necessarily try to understand everything about what God is doing in every situation, but simply to trust Him. We are to simply jump into His arms and trust that he will catch us. In so doing, we are recognizing that God’s ways are far above our ways, and God’s prospective is much different than our prospective. We can also recognize that God has a perfect plan for our lives that we may not understand, but if we trust Him, we can know it is the best plan for us.

And with that, we are also promised that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways, that He will surly direct our paths. We can trust that He is already working out His plan for our lives and he will guide our steps in the way that we should go.
In all that we do, may we be found trusting in the Lord with our all heart, not necessarily trying to understand everything, but acknowledging Him in all our ways, realizing that, He has promised to direct our paths.

May God Bless you and Keep you
in His Love and Perfect Will…