Most Up-Lifting Verses: Proverbs 3:5-6

by Michael Smith

Most Up-Lifting Verses:
This is a series of posts on some of the most up-lifting verses in the Bible.
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Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
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My take:
As in other articles, I’m going to break this one into a couple of bites.

The Bites:

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding
    “Trust in the Lord” is a common thread throughout the Bible but here it is used in practical application from the second half of the sentence, “do not lean on your own understanding”. This makes more sense if we rearrange the sentence and read it like this:
    [Do not lean on your own understanding; trust in the Lord (with all your heart)].
    When I read the sentence I hear in my head:
    [Do not trust your own knowledge; trust in God. It will be difficult and it will take all of your will power.].
  1. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
    Some people would split the two verses apart but I think they are together for a reason; I think that verse 6 completes verse 5. To me it says acknowledge God's knowledge and wisdom and he will reward/bless you for it. The knowledge and wisdom of God (aka the Bible) is out there for anyone to use but to truly and fully realize the benefits of it, you need to acknowledge that the source is God.

Now let’s put the pieces back to together and see what we make of it. When I read the verses this is what I hear:
[Don’t trust in your own knowledge; trust in the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord. It will not be easy so you’ll have to use all of your will power to trust. If you do, and if you acknowledge God as the source of your new found knowledge and wisdom then God will reward/bless you.]

Why:
Why is this uplifting to me? Well it tells me that I don’t have to depend on myself. In fact, I SHOULDN’T depend on myself. My knowledge is limited, incomplete and incorrect; God’s knowledge is unlimited, complete and always correct. All I have to do is put my effort into trusting God; use God's knowledge and wisdom then thank God and send any/all praise back to him. That's why it is one of the verses I keep on my cubical wall. It makes the day ahead of me much easier to face.