Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) – 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.
When we look at Proverbs 3:5-6 there are several key points we can pull out and use in our own life.
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
TRUST is to feel safe, to hope, to put confidence in.
HEART- mind, will, desires, passions, appetites.
Put your confidence in the Lord and be filled by Him. Trust refers to both submission and satisfaction. When we believe we are safe and that His plan is good, then we can follow with no doubt. When we believe that God is enough then we can stop looking to other things for confidence and be satisfied in Him.
Lean Not on Your Own Understanding
LEAN means “to support oneself”
Don’t lean on what your family, culture, superstition, reason, or even your own logic might suggest. We should lean on Him. The vision is not to rest or rely on yourself, but to rest and rely on Him.
In All Thine Ways Acknowledge Him
ACKNOWLEDGE means to consider, know, understand, be acquainted with HIM.
James 1:5-6 (KJV) – If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
We must ask of His guidance and direction, not only when the case is difficult, but in every case. We must have consistent times with the Lord, and that will aid us in hearing His voice.
He Shall Direct Thy Paths
Direct means to “cause to be made straight.” Things that look like they will go left, will go right. Things that look like they are going down, begin to change and go up. Trust that His instructions benefits others and you. God makes it all work together.
“In our spiritual conflicts, [trusting God] is the victory, this is our prosperity, even our faith” – Matthew Henry
Let’s see how the word is played out in the life of a believer: King Jehoshaphat
2 Chronicles 20:1-30
King Jehoshaphat, King of Judah wasn’t perfect, but he loved the Lord. He did not follow idol worship of his time. King Jehoshaphat was submitted and satisfied with God.
Trust In The Lord With All of Your Heart
In 2 Chronicles 17:6, we see King Jehoshaphat was a man that loved and devoted himself to God.
Lean Not To Your Own Understanding
King Jehoshaphat was told of armies coming to attack and his first response was to pray and call a national fast, seeking help of the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:4).
In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him
In 2 Chronicles 20:6 we see that King Jehoshaphat acknowledged who God is.
He Shall Direct Thy Paths
King Jehoshaphat was given specific instructions on how to defeat the oncoming armies and he followed them, resulting in the Blessing of the Lord.