Proverbs 3:5 is probably the most famous verse in all of chapter three. As a matter of fact, one post this week has already addressed it.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
However, one part is worth another look, if for no other reason than to remind us once again of something we should already know.
“All” means all.
How often do we say we trust God, but then fall back on our own knowledge, experience, and conscience when His leading seems to conflict with our understanding? We read His commands, sense the Spirit’s leading, but then doubt Him.
There are parts of our hearts that don’t want to yield. They will fight, kick, and scream in order to have their way. The Lord will ask us to do something, only to have a part of us reply, “But my heart disagrees.”
Verse 6 tells us that when we let the Lord have control, He will “direct” our paths. That means He will make the paths of life straight, passable, smoother, and more direct. In other words, it may be the “straight and narrow,” but it will get you where you need to go without the damage to your suspension a rutted, pothole-filled highway may bring. Yet, how often we say, “My heart is telling me to go another way,” only to find ourselves beaten, scarred, busted, and way off track by the time we reach our destination.
Point: Your heart is like an outdated GPS that will leave with flat tires, busted shocks, and more than a few stains on the upholstery. Why not give your heart to Jesus and let Him take the wheel?
After all, He’s already been smoothing out the road.
April 19th, 2018 at 2:01 pm
This is my life verse… and I love the thoughts you express here. There is no room for half-hearted folowing if we really wants God’s leading and direction. 🙂 Love that. Thank you. I’ve been seeking God’s direction in some important career decisions and God obviously wanted to encourage me today. Thank you for being God’s willing and chosen vessel! God bless you greatly, Anthony! 🙂