This year we're memorizing one promise from scripture a week. If you want to follow along with our verse cards you can find them HERE. We're also placing importance upon context and studying each verse as we go. We want to honor the original language, meaning, etc as we read so that we can accurately learn and avoid placing our own opinions upon God's words. I'm so happy you're here!
TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM AND HE WILL MAKE STRAIGHT YOUR PATHS · PROVERBS 3:5-6
There are few passages of scripture quoted more regularly than this one. My mom used to speak it over me as I went to school and I often find myself encouraging others with its truths, too. Ultimately, there is little we want more than to have our life's path made straight- straight with purpose, with joy, and with obedience that glorifies God. So when He, in all His grace and kindness, gives us three steps to get there... we listen up :)
Step 1: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. This is why we're memorizing these promises in the first place. We're longing to trust in God fully, to hear His words and rely on them entirely. We're learning His character so that we can proclaim "You're a good God! A kind God! A holy, loving, and satisfying God! And I trust you completely."
Step 2: Do not lean on your own understanding. This isn't a call to be irrational, of course. In fact, the whole book of Proverbs is full of encouragement to gain understanding! But we aren't called to lean on our own understanding because our intellect was never meant to bear the full weight of reality. Think back to the Garden of Eden-- God told Adam and Even not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It wasn't because he was cruel or greedy (he allowed them the whole garden & the tree of life!), but because He wanted to preserve the pleasures of the world for them. I love this from Jon Bloom, an author at Desiring God:
"In order to handle the knowledge of good and evil, one must possess 1) the ability to completely comprehend all possible options and contingencies (omniscience); 2) the righteousness and wisdom to choose the right course; and 3) the power to make reality conform to the right course (omnipotence). In other words, only God can handle such knowledge. What this means is that it is not the one who trusts in the Lord that is irrational, but the one who leans on his or her own understanding. It is insane to trust such pitifully limited understanding when one can trust the unlimited understanding of God."
Many of the things that cause us the most heartache and anxiety in life are the result of leaning on our own understanding and it's because we were never meant to.
Step 3: In all your ways acknowledge Him. The Hebrew word for acknowledge is yada` which means to know. It's the same word used in Genesis 3 after Adam and Eve have eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; they knew they were naked and they hid in shame. And now God is asking us to know Him instead of knowing our own ways and shame and worry. In all our conversations, in all our decisions, in all our actions, we know God. We acknowledge His presence, invite Him into our lives, and ask Him to make straight our paths based on His all-knowing, ever-present, always-wise self.
It's a beautiful promise full of life and joy, and it leads us on a straight path directly to Christ.
The promise corresponds to The Path Necklace available here for those of you who'd love a wearable reminder!