Reflections: Proverbs 3:5-6

Reflections: Proverbs 3:5-6

Straight Paths

Proverbs 3:5-6
5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

It is interesting to note that the wisest man in the world, King Solomon, wrote these words. Earlier in his life Solomon had a unique opportunity given to him by God. God offered him anything his heart could desire and in response Solomon asked for wisdom to rule God’s people in the best way possible. God granted him this in abundance so that there was none that could compare with him (you can check out the full story in 1 King 3). Yet, Solomon declares in this proverb that even he did not dare lean on his own understanding of things but would trust in the Lord.

Take a moment to consider the circumstances in your own life. I would imagine there are certain complicated issues that you just are not sure how to handle, or have handled in your own power and seen the disastrous results. I encourage you to look to this proverb because it is a command that comes with a promise. If we trust in the Lord and acknowledge Him in all our ways, he will make our paths straight. This does not mean that we will have no more issues but that we will have the wisdom of God when it comes to dealing with them. And I for one am very excited to give up my own understanding in favor of the Lord’s! Do not let pride get in the way of this remarkable blessing.

Prayer: Father, I submit myself to You and give up the pride of my understanding so that I might be filled instead with Your wisdom. I remember Your promise to make my paths straight and trust you with all of my ambitions. Thank you, Father, for Your unending mercy and grace. Amen!