Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
—Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
There is a wisdom and understanding that comes from God. It is supernatural and not of this world. It makes no sense to the natural mind (1 Corinthians 2:14). A true understanding of God’s Word only comes from Him (John 14:26). And His Word isn’t written in our minds. It is written in our hearts. The Holy Spirit opens up our hearts and makes the Word of God come alive (John 14:26; 1 John 2:20, 27). He gives us His wisdom and understanding. Proverbs 3:5 says that we are supposed to rely on this God-given wisdom and understanding and not our own. We receive His wisdom and understanding through His Word.
The word, “acknowledge,” (Proverbs 3:6) is defined as “to recognize the validity, authority, or truth of.” Acknowledging God is recognizing His existence and surrendering to His authority in every part of our lives. When we acknowledge Him in this way, He will direct our paths. God never meant for us to live our lives without Him.
O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself;
It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
We were created to know God. Our lives can only find fulfillment in Christ. It is only in our relationship with Him that we can ever achieve our God-gifted potential. This same point is made in Proverbs 20:24.
A man’s steps are of the Lord;
How then can a man understand his own way?
Human understanding cannot enlighten our way. We should not lean unto our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all of our ways, and He shall direct our paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We weren’t created to direct our own steps. We need the correction of the Lord in our lives to guide us in the way we should go. But that correction is meant to be beneficial and not punishing. We aren’t the recipient of God’s anger (1 Thessalonians 5:9). God’s anger for our sins was placed upon Jesus. We are convicted by Christ’s righteousness in our lives and not by our sin (John 16:8-10). His uplifting correction encourages us to stay the course. God has given us His Word for doctrine and reproof so that we can be perfect and thoroughly furnished in every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God guides and directs us so we can live our lives with absolute assurance of His love. He imparts His revealed wisdom and knowledge of His Word (Ephesians 1:17-18). When we receive His wisdom and knowledge and allow Him to direct our lives, we will fulfill our God-given potential.
Know God’s Word. Believe and receive it in your heart. Trust in Him with all your heart. When you have His Word in your heart, you have yielded to His truth over your own understanding.
We can’t direct our lives. Only He can. When we allow Him that privilege, we have His peace and joy. He is our fulfillment.
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
—1 Thessalonians 5:24
© 2022 Lynn Lacher