Proverbs 3:5-6 TRUSTING GOD FOR EVERYTHING
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.
Proverbs are written to give knowledge and understanding to common people (Proverbs 1:2-4). Most of the proverbs are written by King Solomon who asked and received uncomparable wisdom from God. This part of Scripture gives instruction to young men to lead a godly life. It is an advice of a loving and caring father to his son on how to lead a life wisely so that it pleases God and brings His blessings.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
Trust can only be kept on someone who is faithful and doesn’t change his words at any cost. So we can trust our God wholeheartedly because He is always faithful to keep His promises to those who trust and wait for Him (Hebrews 10:23). It implies that we should not keep our trust in man. Man will change his words based on his situations (Isaiah 2:22).
Trust comes when there is complete love. When we start to love our Lord wholeheartedly, naturally we trust Him and lean on Him for every step of our lives (Mark 12:30). Our hearts will be filled with love for God when we have uninterrupted communication with Him.
Our unceasing prayer life ensures that we talk to God and share all our concerns to Him and trust Him alone for everything. Regular meditation of the word of God ensures that God talks to us and guide us in each and every moment of our lives.
Trusting God with all your heart means trusting in God alone for everything. Our hearts should not lean on anything else in the world. We need to surrender everything in the hands of God and trust His power completely. We need not have to doubt or worry about the things that we handed over to God.
Many times we trust our own strength and think that we have the ability to accomplish everything. The world teaches us to have self-confidence. They teach us to trust our own strength completely and to believe that we can do anything. But we should realize that we cannot even tell whether we will be alive the next minute.
We may have many natural talents and skills to accomplish tasks wisely. But we should not boast about those skills we have. We should realize that we received it from God and be thankful to God for giving chances to find and develop those skills in us (Deuteronomy 8:10-18).
We should not boast about our knowledge and experience (Proverbs 3:7). If God is not gracious upon us to give strength and knowledge to do things, we are worthless. We received everything from God. Without Him we are nothing. We should have fear of the Lord and thus we learn to utilize our skills wisely (Proverbs 1:7).
Riches of the world may attract us and our own understanding would push us to work for it all the time (Proverbs 23:4). But being content with what we have and trust God for all our needs without worry will be pleasing to God and He will take care of us.
Having the wisdom of God, we will be able to understand that riches of the world are temporary and will pass away. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow as we have a God who cares even for birds and flowers (Matthew 6:31,32).
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
When we plan to do something, we should ask the guidance of God before going to anyone else. When we go through tough times and don’t know what to do, if we ask God to take control of everything, He will guide us and help us to walk in the right path (Isaiah 48:17).
Our plans may be simple and foolish ones. But if we bring them to the presence of God before executing them and ask Him to guide us, He will show us the mistakes and pitfalls in our plans. He will teach us to make the best plan and help us to succeed in that plan too (James 1:5).
If we ask God to fulfill His will for our lives, it will bring us to great heights and blessings. Because God’s plan for our lives is always greater than our own plans. Our plans may fail at times but God’s plan will prevail without leaving any regret.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:9
We don’t have to worry about our future as God holds everything in His hands. So ask God to guide every step of your life. When God is the one who directs you in your ways, you may stumble but God won’t let you fall.
Because He will carry you when you could not walk (Psalm 94:18). When you could not solve a problem, run to God and give it to Him. He will take care of it and you can see His mighty hands working for you.
We may plan big and have everything needed to achieve success. But if God is not on our side to direct our paths towards success which is our destination, we cannot succeed (Proverbs 16:9).
The Egyptian army had enough manpower and weapons to fight against Israelites and conquer them. But God was not with them to direct their path. He was with the people of Israel and fought for them because they called God for their rescue. Thus Egyptians stumbled in the red sea and perished.
In our workplace, we may work actively to receive recognition among colleagues. It may bring success and compliments. But if we could do everything to please God with a thought that God is watching over us, it brings special recognition to us and at the same time, it will glorify the Father in heaven (Colossians 3:17,23).