The Expository Files

Trust In The Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6

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

Much of the wisdom of Proverbs is directed to the young man. The oft repeated "my son" phrase sets the context for what follows. The picture is of a father offering wise advice to the son. The father warns about those things in life such as wine, sensual pleasure, and evil companions that can hinder the boy from the desired goals. In the passage above he points him toward the Lord.

Actually, the truths taught here would be useful for one at any stage of life and for one of any gender. However, life is especially frightening to that young boy who is trying to become a man. The uncertainties of the future often overwhelm him. During this time he is receiving advice from worldly friends. So, son here is the secret to ultimate success.

"Trust in the Lord". Do not place your trust in evil companions (Proverbs 1:10), nor precious possessions (Proverbs 1:13), nor brute power (Proverbs 1:11, for they lead to heartache. Do not look on the wine for it is a mocker (Proverbs 23:29-35). Keep yourself far from the harlot (Proverbs 5:3-11) for she will lead to death. Do not trust in these tangible objects, but believe in the invisible, but living God!

"With all of your heart" - Yield the decisions of life to him - your marriage and your career. Give God all of your heart. Do not withhold any area of your life from the Lord. Do not compromise with God by saying "Well I'll give up my bad friends, but keep my wine." Make a bold and daring move and give your all to the Lord.

"Lean not on your own understanding". Do not be arrogant for the Lord knows best. Listen to your mother and your father - the voice of experience. (Proverbs 1:8) You are not wise enough to be your own guide.

In all your ways acknowledge Him and He Will direct your paths. My son, God is there for you and your welfare. He will help you during those challenging times and through all of the storms. He will help you to make the right decisions and lead you in the right way. God can be your security and help you to face any challenge!

What a great motto for life! Live by it!


By George Slover
From Expository Files 12.3; March 2005