JM’s Journal: Do You Trust the Lord with All Your Heart?

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Do You Trust the Lord with All Your Heart?

Trusting God and Leaning Not on Your Own Understanding

by J.M. Troppello

Do you trust God for direction in your life? James L. Snyder said, “It is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, making God’s wisdom a reality in their life.” The following verse from Proverbs 3:5-6 is a well-known passage about seeking wisdom from God. I’ve memorized this Scripture passage. I’m sure many of you have memorized these verses as well.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)

Verse 5 begins by saying that you should trust God with all your heart. What does that mean to you? To me, it means with all my heart. However, that’s not always easy. I believe that you can trust God, but still be filled with some level of anxiety. However, it is also possible to take that leap of faith and trust God completely and give Him all your fears.

Taking that leap of faith and trusting God with all my heart is not necessarily the hardest part of this trust equation. For me, the most difficult part is and lean not on your own understanding. I’m someone who is independent and likes to try to figure things out. That doesn’t always work out well with regard to laying my problems at God’s feet. I’ve been known to take them back many times because God wasn’t moving fast enough, or I thought I could do things better. Yet, through my life as a Christian, I’ve learned the hard lesson of not trying to do things on my own. God knows best and knows what’s right for my life.

“The command to acknowledge Him means to observe Him and get to know Him in the process of living. In doing so, a person finds time and time again that God smooths out paths.” (Source: TNSB)

That explanation of verse 6 resonates with me. That verse says that in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. The description above says that acknowledging God means that you observe Him and get to know Him in the process of living. I have found that to be so true in my long number of years as a Christian. I can testify that God has smoothed out my pathway many times.

It can be hard sometimes to know how God directs your path. There are some ways that God speaks to believers:

  • When you read the Bible

  • Through visions and dreams

  • During times of prayer

  • When you worship God

  • During a church sermon

  • Speaking with fellow believers

  • When you’re open to hear from Him

  • When the Holy Spirit reminds you of God’s Word

That’s not a completely comprehensive listing. However, those are the ways that I’ve heard from God. One important factor to remember is that God’s peace plays a key role when you hear from God. If you are making a decision about something in your life and you don’t feel God’s peace, I would recommend pausing and continuing further in prayer. I’ve made the mistake many times of ignoring that feeling of unease and continued forward without God’s peace. Those decisions ended up being out of God’s will for my life. God redeemed the situations. However, I always had to pay the consequences for those unwise decisions.

Do you trust the Lord with all your heart?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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