“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
On my fifteenth birthday my parents blessed me with my first leather-bound bible. On the inside cover they wrote, “May you always walk with the Lord, Proverbs 3:5-6”. This passage became a life-changing truth for me. It’s short, yet it’s incredibly powerful!
In tonight’s devotional I will break down the verse to provide easy table talk for your family.
TRUST in the LORD
It starts with trust. TRUST in the LORD. Any real and meaningful relationship starts with some level of trust. It’s the foundation for friendship. It’s the only way a marriage will continue to flourish. It’s why a worker stays employed. It’s all about trust. TRUST in the LORD, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of trust. Trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which you must trust Him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God – a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust. You trusted God for salvation. You can also trust Him with the rest of your life – every detail.
Family Table Talk: What does it mean to trust God with all your heart?
LEAN NOT on your OWN UNDERSTANDING
Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something – our savvy, our intellect, etc. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the LORD. The result is a dangerous compromise because it becomes trust in self.
Family Table Talk: Is there any area of your life where you are being self-reliant?
ACKNOWLEDGE GOD in EVERYTHING
The antidote to this self-reliance is found in the first command of the verse. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” It is then developed in the next verse: “In all your ways acknowledge Him.” To acknowledge God in everything means allowing Him access, control, and involvement in everything you do.
Family Table Talk: What’s the result of
this? Will God ruin your life? Will He rob
you of fun? Will He be a Sovereign killjoy?
HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT
Tonight’s devotional passage ends on a promise! This promise is in the form of a metaphor. “He will direct your paths” is also translated, “He will make your paths straight.” First, paths lead toward an end, a destination, a goal. Thus, trusting God wholeheartedly in every area of life gives you a sense of purpose and priority. Second, it indicates that there will be clear understanding of where you are going and what you are doing. It makes daily decision-making an easier task. You realize you are trusting Him. He, in turn, is making your paths straight. Third, “straight paths” suggests moral purity, a life that does not compromise. That’s the kind of life that God promises. It’s the kind of life you can have. It begins with trust. And it requires acknowledging God in every way.
Family Table Talk: How is God directing your path? Are there other things you are allowing to direct your path? What are take-aways from tonight’s devotional?
I hope and pray that these devotional thoughts have encouraged your faith and family! Praying you stay safe and warm!
Much love and care,