“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 NKJV

Many of us have read, quoted, memorized, and meditated on Proverbs 3:5–6 for probably most of our Christian walk. Sometimes I feel like I’ve heard a set of verses so many times that I almost become desensitized to them, which is not a good thing. Many times in the last few years of my life, with various circumstances and trials, I have heard the Lord’s voice ask me, “Do you trust Me?” Whether it was worries and scares with my pregnancy, health concerns, financial concerns when I quit my job to become a stay-at-home mom, or numerous concerns and worries about the future and day-to-day anxieties, over and over again God would speak to my heart, “Trust Me.”

But do I really trust God? I have to admit that this is one of the most difficult areas of my Christian walk. I’m constantly doubting, worrying, fearing, and filled with anxiety. I wish I could say that I have faith like Abraham or Moses, but most of the time my faith is more like Thomas—mostly when it comes to the anxieties or concerns of life.

One wonderful definition of trust is: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

I love that! Obviously as believers we know that the “someone” in this definition is God. Trust is believing in God’s reliability, His truth, His ability and strength. So every time I’m faced with an issue where I have to trust God, I ask myself: Is God reliable? Does He have the ability to accomplish or take care of this? Does He have the strength? And, of course, the answer to all of those questions is yes! I have to believe that God can take care of everything that concerns me right now, today!

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” (Psalm 138:7–8 NKJV, emphasis added).

As I was facing an anxiety the other day, the Lord brought me back to Proverbs 3:5–6. My first reaction was, “I’ve read this a million times.” But as I started to really meditate on the words and what God was trying to speak to my heart, I realized how much I knew the verse in my head but not in my heart. This is a condensed version of how I felt God broke it down to my heart:

  1. Trust in the Lord. (He reminded me of the definition of trust, listed above.)
  2. Lean not on your own understanding. (I need to stop relying on my own thought processes and ways of “working things out” in my mind. My understanding is very limited.)
  3. In all your ways acknowledge Him. (No matter what the situation is, bring it to God. Acknowledge that He is there and He is in control.)
  4. And if we do all this, we have a promise…

  5. He shall direct your paths. (God will direct; He will move; He will work!)

Wow! Thank you, Jesus! What a reminder and blessing. I’m daily learning to trust and I’m definitely not “there.” God has been so patient, so loving, and so wonderful to me and constantly reminds me to trust Him.

Think about what is going on in your life today and what areas you are not trusting God with. It could be a small concern; it could be an illness; it could be the salvation of a lost family member or friend, a marriage in trouble, financial hardship, personal issues, etc.

Let’s learn to trust God with these things! He loves you, He cares, and He’s going to move in your situation!