January 11, 20243 – Thursday
Proverbs 3:5-6 NET
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. 6 Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
One of my favorite couplets in Proverbs where there are a great many more couplets. I know for many people these are life verses. They can quote them from memory and often have them up on the wall somewhere in their home. And with good reason. They and many of the rest of us who are Christians know the truth in these two short verses.
We often discovered the truth of the verses by doing the opposite. Look at verse five (NIV), 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. We are to Trust in the Lord and not with our own understanding, but that’s not what we generally do. First, we immediately turn to our own understanding and try to figure out what needs to be done. Only after that failed do we finally turn to the Lord and put our trust in what He shows us. Notice we are not to ‘simply’ Trust in the Lord, but we are to do so with all of our heart. No second guessing. It is His truth and His guidance we seek, not our own.
Then we have verse six (NKJV) 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. We are not to do this only when we are in a time of need, but all the time, 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him. When we do so, we find Him directing our paths, showing us the way we should go. I have a made-up definition for a flashlight, it is an anti-tripping device because it lights our path. I have described Jesus as the ultimate anti-tripping device because in John 8:12 He said, 12 I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
Bottom Line: Trust in the Lord with all your heart all the time! Turn to Him first and not your own understanding. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have acknowledged Him and following Him we no longer walk in darkness, but have the light of life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, In all of our troubles help us to turn to You and trust in You with all of our hearts, knowing it is Your Son who lights the way for us no matter how great our despair. Thank You for directing our paths. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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