lean not to your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him,
and He will make your path straight.
Proverbs 3:5 – 6 (NIV)
Do you desire a “straight path” in life that is free of wasted time heading in the wrong direction, without unexpected U-turns, void of treacherous twists and turns, and detours around devastating dead ends? God knows what is best for you, and He promises to make your path straight if you follow these clear instructions:
“Trust the Lord with all your heart…” Trust God from the bottom of your heart. Place all your confidence and faith in the wisdom, power, love, promises and goodness of God. Believe with your whole heart (not just a portion of it!) that he is able to do anything and that His plan is best for your life.
“…lean not to your own understanding.” When you physically lean on something or someone, you confidently trust that your whole weight will be supported by that object or person. You wholeheartedly believe that this support will not fail. Learn to lean on God’s understanding…not our own. Don’t try to figure everything out for yourself based on your finite experience and insight, and don’t assume that you know it all. Totally depend on Him for His guidance in your life. Discern His will through reading His Word and talking with Him in prayer. The limitations of human understanding are of no comparison to the flawless and divine understanding of our Heavenly Father. Lean into Him, and don’t rely on your own judgment.
“In all your ways, acknowledge Him…” It’s easy to turn to God when the going gets tough, but God desires that you acknowledge Him in every ordinary moment of your life. Trust God completely for every choice you make. Begin each day by asking Him for His guidance, and listen for His direction in everything you do and everywhere you go throughout your day.
“…and He will make your path straight.” God will keep you on the right track if you trust Him with all your heart, lean into His understanding, and acknowledge Him in all your ways. He knows the best route for your life’s journey. Wholeheartedly believe in His promises and allow Him to make your path straight by placing all your confidence in His divine direction.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Proverbs 25:9
I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8
Teach me your way, Lord; Lead me in a straight path… Psalm 27: 11
The path of the righteous is level; You, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth. Isaiah 26:7