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.
Ellen and I claimed these two verses some 26 years ago to be ours. Not that you can’t have them as well, we just decided that Proverbs 3:5-6 would be ours for our married life together. Many times over the years we have claimed them to each other as well as praying them to the Lord in times of need. They have been a comfort and provided strength to us. To fully understand these verses we need to look at them in context. We are told in the verses preceding this text to keep the law and commands of God. We are told to have mercy and truth. Verses 7 and later say not to be wise in your own eyes, depart from evil, fear the Lord, and in doing so it will be health and strength to us.
This seems on the surface to be a list of do’s and don’ts, but it isn’t. These verses represent a heart issue. If you love the Lord with all your heart, if you want to walk with Him daily in a love relationship, then these verses come naturally. Faith is active. Trust must be continual. Gods way is always best. Gods way is always right. And listen friends, Gods way is always the very best thing you can do. Stop putting God on the throne of your life Sunday morning just to knock Him off Monday. If we know Gods way is best, why do we insist on doing things our own way?
Trust in the Lord. Give Him the first fruits, which means “serve Him first’, no matter what.