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
Diane picked me up at nine o’clock that Sunday morning in 1991. The temperature felt like midsummer rather than May. Diane had invited me to “Friendship Sunday” at her roommate’s church in Krum, Texas. The church choir needed a few more singers, so I was recruited. Not that I was much of a vocalist. Apparently they were desperate.
The pastor preached on Proverbs 3:5–6. He was about to leave the ministry to step into the unknown. He shared what the Lord had been teaching him through these two verses.
My eyes and ears were attentive to the pastor. I’d never heard anything like this. A personal God? Really?A personal God? Really? Click To Tweet
Little did I know, God was drawing me to Himself. He used these two verses to show me He was real. Personal. And involved in my life.
Two months later, on a sweltering–hot Sunday afternoon, I bowed the knee and accepted Christ as my personal Savior.
My life is not the same.
When I read these verses, I often remember that Sunday in Krum, Texas. The day Scripture came to life. The day I realized God is not some aloof cosmic deity. The day hope sprang forth.
Last week, I dissected these verses. With the help of the NKJV Study Bible, I looked up what some of the key words from this passage meant. Here’s what I came up with:
Actively have confidence in the LORD with all your inner being, and don’t put weight on your own understanding, discernment, faculties. In all your roads, ways, and plans know Him, and He shall make right and level your paths.
Isn’t that great?
No matter what God allows into your life, actively have confidence in Him with all your inner being. Don’t try to figure out your circumstances using your own wisdom. Know Him. Seek Him. He will make right and level your paths.
Lord, thank You that You know this reader’s heart, her struggles, her fears. Help her to place active confidence in You with all her inner being. May she lean not on her own understanding, but rather know You, seek You. Thank You that You will make her paths straight. In Jesus’ name, amen.
About Hope for the Valley
Hope for the Valley is the ministry God has entrusted to J.K. Stewart—wife, breast cancer survivor, and follower of Jesus Christ. Soon after her diagnosis, she started a women’s cancer support group. Two years later, she launched Hope for the Valley, a website of devotions and prayers for women with cancer. J.K. lives in Texas with her husband, dog, and four cats. When she’s not writing, she’s either studying her Bible, walking her dog, or vacuuming pet hair. Connect with her and the ministry of Hope for the Valley on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.