Trust in the Lord God want His people to put their trust in Him.

Prov. 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path

Trust in the Lord

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In troublesome times, we often look to outside forces to comfort or encourage us; however, as Christians, our Bibles tell us exactly what to do.  God spoke to the Psalmist over three thousands years ago what to do during times of troubles, and these same words from the Lord apply to believers today.

Prov 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 
In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.

To excrete the true meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6, we need to understand what the author (King Solomon) was saying when He wrote down what God had expressed to Him.  As such, we will look at some of the Hebrew meanings of the words, since this verse was originally written in Hebrew.

  • "Trust" is a difficult word to follow and even understand for most people.  Trust involves complete surrender to the one who is saying "trust me."  The Hebrew word for "trust" is "batah," which means to confide in, so as to be secure and without fear.  God is asking us to not only confide in HIM, but to feel secure in that trust without fear.  A good Greek meaning for the word "trust" would be faith or reliance upon.  In other words, this verse could start out by saying "have faith in God's ability - so as to confide and give yourself over to him without fear, because He is the one taking care of you.

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart - with ALL your heart.  We are spirit beings made in God's image.  We have a soul, consisting of our mind, will and emotions, and we live in an earthly physical body.  Our hearts then is the combination of our spirit/soul man.  So then, if God is asking us to trust in Him with ALL our heart, that means we release and yield our whole spirit being, as well as our mind, will, and emotions over to Him.  Just surrender your will and yield everything to the Lord. 

To not lean on our own understanding can be difficult for people who are used to being their own boss - being in control of their own lives.  Our understanding goes through the filters of our life experiences, and out of that we come to depend on our own understanding.  God, on the other hand, is asking us NOT to rely on our own understanding, but trust Him with our whole being.  That means having a spirit of yieldedness, totally relying on Him.

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In all our ways, God is asking us to acknowledge Him, meaning follow after Him in every aspect of our life, allowing Him to control every area of our life, and as such, He will guide us and lead us every step of the way.  We won't have to wonder if what we are doing is right or wrong, but we will know we are following after God, because He is leading us, He is walking beside us, and He is our rear guard.   We are walking in total union with the Lord, knowing He knows what is best for us, and we are in a place of complete trust in Him.

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Written by Pastor Joyce A. Erickson

Believers Bible School, Founder