Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of my favorite verses. And it really is that way because it gives us a pattern of how to live life. You know, God is not a God of steps, but he is a God of systems. He loves to give us structures to follow. So Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all of your ways and he will make your paths straight and plain.” So often we go to God and we say, “God, just tell me what to do,” and He’s going, “Go back and read Proverbs 3:5-6.” Let’s break it down into the four pieces.
The first piece is, “Trust the Lord with all of your heart.” When we come to God with this posture of going, “Dad, I trust you for the good. I trust that you love me. I trust that your heart is for me, that you want good things for my life.” Can you just feel when we say that, how our hearts gets soft and we come from a place of like, I’m not demanding an answer from God, I’m not fearful, but I’m coming from a place where I’m saying to my heart, you can trust God. When we take that first step and say, trust God, the next step is “and lean, not on your own understanding.” When we realize that because we trust God, we don’t have to lean on our own understanding, it really helps us to go, “Wow, I get to thank God for my brain and the way I think, but I don’t have to do this by myself.” So we’ve got a posture of heart that’s trust. And then we say, “God, I don’t have to try and rely on myself.”
The next step is “Acknowledge him in all of your ways,” because our heart is so engaged with him. Now we get to go, “God, thank you that you’re thinking on my behalf. Thank you that you’re thinking as big, you’re helping you want me to go through this with you.” Then we get excited about the fact that God is going to do the fourth part of the verse, which is, “and He will lead you and make all of your parts straight and plain.” Isn’t that the most beautiful promise that from this place of trust, we get to say, “Wow, I trust you, God. I don’t have to do this by myself. And because I’m bringing you in on this and asking you for help, you will lead me and you will show me which way to go.” Isn’t that such a much more beautiful place to come from rather than “God, I need an answer and I need it now,” coming from a place of fear and demanding. As we have this posture of heart, as we understand that God loves us and wants to lead as well, that is how He’s able to give us the answers and show us step by step, how He chooses for us to go.
Lord, thank you so much for the opportunity to be able to come to you and ask you what you’re thinking, how you’re feeling, how we get to partner with you. It is the most beautiful thing to do. Thank you that you show each one of us, how to engage with you in each passage and piece of life, as we’re asking for your direction, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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