Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
I remember when we first got internet to our house. It was the slowest dial-up you could imagine. And actually it is almost shameful to say our current speed tops out at 3 MB now. Anyhow, I remember perusing the World Wide Web and finding some sort of Christian chat-room of sorts. The people in the room were discussing different moral topics and chiming in on what was the right course of action for each person. I read for a while and decided to start chiming in because “hey, I got all sorts of opinions on what these people should be doing”. As I typed, people started interacting with me and saying that my opinions were wrong. I did not like that. I would stumble around with my words and attempt to justify myself. But I could not clear my name because the folks in the chat-room would point out different Bible verses that contradicted my opinions. It was the first time I can recall being shown to be a fool in light of God’s counsel written down in the Scriptures. I was trusting in myself with all of my heart, and leaning on my own understanding. I saw for the first time that my own understanding is flawed and needs correction from a source of truth outside of myself.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
We are encouraged here to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and not lean or rely upon our own natural understanding. The Lord inspired each and every word in the Bible and has written it down as the main source of truth to correct our own understanding. It is to be our bias, our presupposition for all our thinking. And the more we submit our own thinking to the Lordship of Christ; the more our crooked lives become straight.
- Trust in the Lord with all of my heart
- Don’t lean on my own understanding
- Acknowledge God in all of my ways
- If I acknowledge the Lord, trust him, and not my own understanding, he will make the paths of my life straight.
- Trusting the Lord comes in levels, or depths; we are called to trust him with all of our heart
- It is natural for us to trust in ourselves with all of our heart and not the Lord
- Leaning on our own understanding is our natural tendency and must be fought against
- Crooked paths comes from trusting in self