Trust in the LORD

Trust in the LORD

Practical Advice from the Proverbs

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Week 1: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Memory Guide

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

T i t L w a t h; a l n u t o u. I a t w a h, a h s d t p. Proverbs 3:5-6

Historical Context

Who?

King Solomon

When?

Early in his reign, after 970 B.C.

Why?

To apply God’s wisdom to daily life.

For Whom?

Israelites

Word Studies

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

TRUST | בָּטַח

bāṭaḥ

Pronunciation: baw-takh’

Definition:

  • To have confidence, be bold, be secure
  • To feel safe

[imperative]

Also translated:

  • Confidence 4x
  • Secure 4x
  • Bold 1x

HEART | לֵב

lēḇ

Pronunciation: labe

Definition:

  • Inner man, mind, understanding
  • Mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection
  • Conscience

Also translated:

  • Mind 12x
  • Midst 11x
  • Understanding 10x
  • Wisdom 6x

LEAN | שָׁעַן

šāʿan

Pronunciation: shaw-an’

Definition:

  • To lean on, trust in, support

Also translated:

  • Stay 5x
  • Rely 4x
  • Rest 3x

UNDERSTANDING | בִּינָה

bînâ

Pronunciation: bee-naw’

Definition:

  • Understanding, discernment

Also translated:

  • Wisdom 2x
  • Meaning 1x
  • Knowledge 1x

ACKNOWLEDGE | יָדַע

yāḏaʿ

Pronunciation: yaw-dah’

Definition:

  • To know, perceive, recognize, admit, acknowledge

Also translated:

  • Know 645x
  • Perceive 19x
  • Understand 7x
  • Consider 6x

DIRECT | יָשַׁר

yāšar

Pronunciation: yaw-shar’

Definition:

  • To go straight
  • To make right, make smooth
  • To lead, direct
  • To be made level

Also translated:

  • Straight 5x
  • Make straight 1x

Paraphrase

[Have confidence] in the LORD with all thine [inner man, mind] and [trust in, support] not unto thine own [discernment]. In all thy ways [recognize, know, perceive] him, and he shall [make straight, direct] thy paths.

Cross References

Proverbs 22:19

That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee.

1 Chronicles 28:9

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.

Proverbs 16:3

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

Reflections

About God

God wants to and can show us each next step of our lives, if we will just trust that He knows what is best for us without doubting. He is worthy of our whole trust in every area of our lives – not just the ones we are most willing to give Him.

About Self

It is only when we fully commit ourselves to knowing God Himself, and not just what God can do for us, that we can follow the best path He lays out for us.

Questions to Ask Myself

  • Am I trusting the Lord with all my mind and confidence?
  • What area(s) of my life am I trying to do by my own strength and understanding, and therefore not seeing His path for me?

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