Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Trust in the Lord begins with saving faith. If you are not truly saved you cannot truly trust in the Lord. Real trust comes through having a personal relationship with God as your Father. You cannot have a relationship with God without having Christ as your Saviour. That means that you have come to a place in your life where you have turned from living your way in this world and have turned to put your trust in living God’s way.
That is repentance and it is inseparable from believing on and receiving Christ Jesus as your Saviour. You realize that you owe God restitution for violating His law and His Word. It is a debt that you can never get paid in full; a debt that will send you to the Lake of Fire for eternity. You believe and trust that Christ Jesus paid it in full in your place on the Cross when He died. His being raised from the dead says that God accepts His payment in place of yours. You trust His payment in lieu of your payment because His is sufficient and yours is not. This is the beginning of a relationship with your Father and the beginning of your trust in Him. You trust and call upon Him to save you and remove this debt from you.
Wisdom says to put all of your confidence in the LORD your God. You can trust your Father in all matters great and small. There is nothing so small that He would not be concerned about and nothing so great that He would not be able to successfully handle on your behalf. He is always looking out for your good; to benefit, to prosper, and to bring you profit in your journey of faith.
“Lean not unto thine own understanding” does not mean that you cannot think for yourself. You must think if you are to make decisions. Your thoughts must be open to the Lord; He knows them anyway. He wants you to willingly open your heart and thoughts to His influence, persuasion, guidance, correction, and leadership. When you live by faith - abiding in Christ, obeying God’s Word, and yielded to the Spirit – this will become commonplace to you. It is to be free from pride and arrogance and humble before God your Father.
Too many people do not see how easy it is to neglect this wisdom. When you get sick do you call on God first or the doctor first. Even in an emergency you can call on God first. Nehemiah was asked by King Artaxerxes, “For what dost thou make request?” Nehemiah says, “So I prayed to the God of heaven.” Then he gave his answer to the king. In that very moment Nehemiah prayed to God and then he spoke to the king. Even in the smallest moment while dialing 911 you can call upon God first; that is leaning upon Him with all your heart. That is the trust and confidence that He desires for us to have in Him.
In all that goes on in your life you can put total and complete trust in your Father with all of your heart. The word translated “acknowledge” means “to know”. When you follow wisdom’s counsel you will come to know that your confidence and trust in the providence of God in all your affairs is right and safe. You will come to have peace that will pass all understanding. You can place your requests on the altar of prayer and have confidence that God is going to do the right thing. Whether He does what we ask or not will not sway nor deter us from taking all of our concerns to Him. He knows what is best and He will always do what is right and what is best.
Learn to trust, lean upon, and acknowledge, or know, that the LORD will always do the right thing, then your Father will show you the way to go. -Preacher