Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 teaches us that we need to trust in the Lord ‘with all your heart’ and not to ‘depend on your own understanding’. Have you ever stopped to think about what this truly means?
Let’s start with ‘all your heart’. Maybe you have told someone that you loved them with ‘all your heart’. Now that certainly sounds like it is a very important thing to say for sure. All of your heart has to have a meaning of a certain weight. Your not just saying something to be saying it – this is something that you really mean. After all, without our hearts, we could not live.
Therefore to trust in the Lord with all your heart, what God is telling us is, “in no way should you NOT trust Me in absolutely every situation.” So if you need an answer to a question you have asked God, you will trust that God will answer you, even if it is not in your timeframe. If you are in need of a new job, then you will trust that God will work in the circumstances to bring you a job. It may not be the one your heart is set on, but it will be the best job for you because God never makes a mistake. Maybe you are asking God to help ensure that your medical tests turn up well. You must trust God even if they turn up not so great because God has a reason for it.
You see what God is teaching us here is – “Often times you will not receive the exact thing you want, when you want it, how you want it. I have seen your past, present, and future and I know what is best for you and if you trust Me, you will get My absolute best.”
This is extremely hard for us to grasp because we have to have everything right this minute. God promises if you wait on Him, you will receive His best. So I advise waiting on God. If not, you may struggle and fight and whine and cry and end up getting exactly what you wanted, and it may turn out to be absolutely horrible for you. Trust me, I have been there myself on this one.
The next part says, “do not depend on your own understanding.” What is God saying here?
Simply put – “I am God and you are not. I know everything and you do not. If you try to understand and make sense of things you will most likely end up depressed and unhappy. Let Me do the work and the thinking and you will be much better off for it.”
Here again, God is telling us that He knows the game plan. He knows us better than we know ourselves. We may think we know what is best for us but in truth, we have no clue. Many a time I have asked God to change something in my life that I did not like. God looked at me and laughed. Why would God do that? Because little did I know that God was already working things out in my life just the way they should be.
God knows what you need. God knows what you want. Almost always, these things are never the same. But in every case, we must learn to be content with what we have, ask God for what we believe we need, then let Him do the work and we wait and watch Him work things in our lives for the good, which He always does.
Never think your smarter than God or know more than God or that your timing is better than God. God loves patient people who love Him and know He will deliver to us what we need, when we need it.
Have faith and patience won’t you? God is working for you right this minute!!
Pastor Brad Komgenick