Wisdom for Godly Living

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

A proverb is a short, concise saying in general use
that states a general truth or piece of advice.

– adapted definition from Siri’s dictionary

The wisdom we find in the book of Proverbs was written to clearly and quickly communicate truth and advice to those who read it. Written by King Solomon, son of King David, they give us insights into sound judgement and knowledge.

But there is something we need to be careful about here. Because these sayings are short, it can be easy to dismiss them. But these sayings get right to the point, eliminating any and all fluff. There is much hope, comfort, power and actionable steps packed into these two short sentences.

So while you may be tempted to pass by it, let’s instead settle into it. Let’s dig into the meat of it.

Let’s start by taking a closer look at sentence 1:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

You’ll notice we have a do and a don’t here.

King Solomon is telling us: DO trust in the Lord with all your heart. But what does that look like in reality? What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all our heart?

Sentence two gives us the clue: DO NOT depend on our own understanding.

Why would he tell us this? Why is our understanding so unreliable? If you think about it, our understanding is vastly limited. We only hear our own thoughts and see our own world through our own eyes. Our understanding is limited to the viewpoint one person, yourself/myself, out of billions of people. But God, in contrast, sees all. God knows the intimate details of your life. He also knows the intimate details of your spouse’s life. Extend that out to your parents, your kids, your significant other, your boss, your coworkers, your friends, the people in your city, state, country, world…that’s a pretty big picture. That gives us reason enough to trust not in what we see from day to day, but to trust in God. Who sees every little bit of it.

And you know what? Even though he sees it all, he also sees you. He knows how the story of the human race is affecting your day. This is a beautiful transition into the next sentence.

Sentence 2 says:

Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

Ask for God’s leading in all you do. That means in your upcoming meeting, when you’re with your kids, when you’re contemplating a move or a job change, when you’re trying to map out your schedule for the next week. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. As you walk, as you plan, as you go about your day…pray and listen.

Do you see how involved he desires to be in your life? I don’t know about you, but these two sentences bring me great comfort. This short piece of priceless wisdom is telling us to trust God more than we trust what we see around us, and to acknowledge him at all times so he can direct us.

I pray this spoke to you and emboldened you to spend more time at the feet of Jesus. In the days ahead, put this into practice and report back. I’d love to know how God moves in your life.

– Kristen Larson

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