Our family loves to take hikes. One thing we have noticed is that whether the trail is good or not, we enjoy the time together. It is less about the destination and more about the journey. Our walk with Jesus is the same way. Enjoy the journey. That is what Solomon is trying to get at in today’s verse.
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.
This is probably the most famous of all the proverbs. It is the one that people have memorized the most and with good reason, it tells us to put all of our trust in the Lord. At the heart of this passage is our dependency upon the Lord while at the same time understanding the struggle we have with our own will.
A Divided Heart
King Solomon tells us to trust in the Lord with ALL of our heart. We can’t have a divided heart when we are walking with the Lord. If he only has certain parts of our lives, our focus will be blurred. If there are hidden parts of our heart that we don’t give over to him, we will be torn when we have to choose which direction to go. Give your heart entirely to the Lord. As you pray, surrender it to him and watch him do a new work in it.
Next, we need to acknowledge the Lord in everything that we do. This means that we need to seek his wisdom and guidance before we make our decisions. Then, as we are walking in the way that he has led us, we lean on him, not our own understanding. Finally, when we have finished, we need to both thank the Lord and give him the credit he is due. As we seek, lean, and thank God in our life we will see a transformation inside of us. There will be less of a struggle internally and more peace externally.
One last benefit of putting our trust in the Lord, he makes our paths straight. When we rely on our own wisdom, we tend to get lost and go in circles. As we trust in the Lord, we will start to notice that things go a little smoother and with less frustration. That is because he is making our paths straight. Put your trust in the Lord today and watch him work in your life.