“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Bible says, “Trust in the Lord.” Not in your friends, not in our talents and abilities, not in our own righteousness.
Trust cannot be tentative or cautious; it must be whole-hearted. What does this mean, to trust in the Lord? It means to trust in God’s word. To trust in God’s word means to believe that in every situation, in all our life’s struggles, big or little, we look for the answer in God’s word, the Bible. “Trust in the Lord” means that we believe that the answer is in the Bible, and we prayerfully seek God’s answer until we find it. Then, when we find it, we put our faith in it. We believe God’s word in the Bible more than our own idea or human wisdom.
How much are we to trust in God? The verse says, “with all your heart.” Not with mere mental assent, for knowing facts about God and knowing God are two different things. So just trust in the Lord.
So what are those things for which we trust God? We are to trust God for temporal things, for He understands the things we need in order to live. We are to trust God for spiritual things, for He knows our spiritual poverty even better than we do. And we are especially to trust Him during times of affliction. Not only does He have the power and strength to help us, but He is moved to help us because of His unchanging love, grace, and mercy.
Then it says “ And lean not on your own understanding”. We are not to rely on our own understanding. According to Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” We are not to rely on our feelings, for our feelings will deceive us. We are not to rely on our intuition and experience. Rather, we are to humbly acknowledge the limitations of the wisdom of man, and we are to quiet our hearts and trust in God.
“In all your ways acknowledge him” – this is to fear GOD in all we do. To fear the Lord is to be wise. We should fear GOD when you get up in the morning, we should fear GOD when we start to talk, think, eat, listen, and act. Especially when we are around people we should fear GOD. This keeps you wise, and most importantly keeps you from sinning (Proverbs 1:7; Exodus 20:20).
Then here is the blessing: “HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT.”
On the face of it this looks like an encouraging promise, and it is. It’s a promise that with God’s help, as we trust in him, we will eventually reach the destination that he has in mind for us. An eternity of joy in his presence.
But it is also a little bit of a warning. It reminds us that our path in life is God’s path, and his way may not be the way we would have chosen for ourselves.