Growing up I had one verse that I knew by heart, I don’t remember why this verse stuck with me, out of all the other verses I memorized in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. When someone would ask me what my life verse is I would be quick to say Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” The word all comes from the word kalal , the definition is simple, yet profound, “the whole, all”.
As I look back on my life I can’t say that I lived out this verse in its entirety, it wasn’t always true for me. Even now, I find that I still struggle to trust God with “the whole, all”, I find myself more often than I want to admit, leaning on my own opinions, on what I’m seeing and feeling.
2020 and 2021 have been quite the year and for sure a time of testing but may I also add a season of refining and strength. We have had to do things we never thought we could do, endure things we never expected to endure and we’ve had to trust God more than ever before.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart
I love the portion of the Message translation that says “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God ! Run from evil!”
Trusting God means giving up the need to be in control. God’s timing is different than ours, His ways are different than our ways. The answer to your prayer may look different than what you were expecting, the wait may feel too long, the disappointment may feel overwhelming and we may find that we’re wavering in our trust.
We need to practice listening for His voice in everything we do and stop trying to figure everything out on our own. If we say we trust Him, then we need to start living like we do.
Today in the midst of all that may be going on, let us once again entrust “the whole, all” of us and allow Him to do what only He can do. Let’s take time to listen, to pray, and be willing to admit that we don’t know it all.
In what areas are you leaning on your own knowledge, your own opinion?
Are you willing to trust God in those areas?
Take some time this week to do some self-examination and write down what you feel the Lord is saying to you.
“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make.” Proverbs 3:5 TPT