“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5 HCSB).


The proverb gives both a positive and a negative command: “Trust God, not yourself.” How many times have you regretted following your own advice? Your understanding was flawed and you suffered the consequences for relying on it. Have you not understood that your own understanding is negatively affected by your fallen nature? You do not actually have your own best interest in mind, nor that of others. Your thinking is infected with the lust of the flesh.
But we do not have to rely on our own fallen understanding. As the apostle John wrote: “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever” (1 John 2:16-17).
Put your trust in the Lord and in His Word. Rely on Him. He will never fail you. His wisdom is perfect. His understanding is flawless. He will guide you on the right paths.
PRAYER: Dear Father, there is so much that is out of order and upside down in our world today. There is so much chaos and confusion. Yet, we will trust in You. Lead us. Guide us. Instruct us in Your way. For we will not lean on our own understanding. We are leaning on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.