March 19 – Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3: 5-6

I remember when I graduated from Urbana high school back in 1978 (go Tigers!), I had a graduation party. All my family and friends came. I remember getting a card which read: “This verse will guide you throughout your life. It has guided me, and never let me down. Proverbs 3:5-6.”

Do you remember back when we used folding paper maps? My job on our family vacations was to sit in the front middle seat, hold the roadmap, and try to find where we were, where we were going, and most important, where the next McDonald’s was. I think if we had a roadmap for our life, Proverbs 3:5-6 would be it. How are we going to reach our goals? How will we find victory through every circumstance? How will we be able to keep the faith all the way to our last breath?

Check out this roadmap for life.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.” There are a lot of things we can trust in, but most of them will fade away, rust, get stolen, become lost, leave us, or lose their value in time. But the Lord will never do that. It is no wonder the Bible calls Him the immovable rock, our Fortress and our Shield.

“Lean not on your own understanding.”
As a high school student, there were a lot of things I couldn’t figure out. The one thing I could never understand was algebra. It just didn’t make sense to me. I think when we try to figure out life, to make it seem logical, we end up with a big zero! When we lean on our own minds and our own calculations, we come up short. Life can feel a lot like algebra.

“In all of your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
What’s our answer to all the terrible problems of life? Submitting our lives, our hopes, our minds, to the Lord. I’ll just submit it to the Lord and trust that He can figure it out. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a promise that still guides us today, like it has for so many. Happy trails!