What Does Proverbs 3:5 Mean?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Trusting God in all things is a foundational precept.. for faith in the Word of God is His will for each of our lives. Trusting God unreservedly is the centre and circumference of all wisdom because He is the beginning and the end of all knowledge. It is marrow to the bones, honey to the taste, the wellspring of light, life, love, and hope. Having faith in God is the fountain-head of all that is good – and it pleases our heavenly Father, for without faith it is impossible to please Him.

Trusting the Lord with all of our heart is not only a positive and beneficial duty, but it negates the elements of fear and doubt, it holds us firm in life’s storms and stresses, and it replaces self-confidence with a trusting 'God-confidence.'  Trusting the Lord with all our heart is to set aside one's own desires and imaginings to do His will. It is to die to all that is of self - self-image, self-reliance, self-importance, self-centeredness. Trusting the Lord is to believe His Word and to live by the knowledge that His Word is true and altogether perfect.

God has outlined His plans and purposes to humanity and communicated them to us through His Word, and God expects an intelligent response to the promises He has given us. He expects us to display a whole-hearted, conscious dependence upon all He has said – without doubt or distrust, without fear or misgivings.

The wisest man who ever lived advised his sons to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding," and his prudent advice is something we should all seek to consciously follow, today, as a matter of will.

Solomon listed many reasons that we should believe God's Word, for the one who trusts in the Lord is happy and protected. He does not need to fear a bad report, for his heart will remain unshaken. The one who places their faith in the Lord does not seek help from those that are proud and deceitful, because the faithful love of the Lord surrounds them, protects them, and underpins their lives.

Our commitment to the Lord must incorporate our whole spirit, soul, and body. Our trust in Him should be reflected in our lifestyle, our outlook, our attitude, our conversation, our character, and our world-view. When we place our trust in Him, with unwavering, child-like confidence, He fills our heart with His own perfect peace that passes understanding. He gives grace to the humble and rejoices over us with singing.

Our trust in the Lord should not only be in connection with the salvation of our soul, but should become the driving force of our entire being, influencing the direction of our lives, for He knows what is best for each one of us, and is working in each of our lives from an eternal perspective.

The plans He has for each one of His own, reach beyond our knowledge or understanding. How foolish to drink from the brackish waters of this world's broken cisterns when He floods our hearts and lives with the sparkling river of life.

His ways and thoughts, wisdom, and knowledge are so far above our little ways, limited thoughts, and foolish imaginings, and yet so often we choose our own fleshly wisdom and scant understanding to direct our path. We are not to prop ourselves up with our own ill-advised understandings but rather, we should take Him at His Word and trust in the Lord with all our hearts – even on those occasions when we don’t understand.

My Prayer

Thank You Father that You know all things and that I can trust myself, my family, my friends, my work, my home, my finances, my relationships, my need and necessities into Your hands. I trust You Father. Keep me trusting. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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