Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) It's a verse that many know by heart and have turned to in life when things just don't seem to make sense. I woke up thinking about trust and of course this verse came along with it.
Trust: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
What or who do I trust? I'll be honest given the previous definition of trust.
I trust that I'll wake up in the morning, there are no doubts in my head when I go to sleep that I will wake up. I trust that my key will start my car when I turn it. I trust that time will pass 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. I trust that my paycheck will be deposited in my account on schedule. I trust a lot of "things". My water faucet, my computer, my phone, my car, my keys, my coffee pot, chairs, pens, ...
All of those things are somewhat laughable but I do trust them. I have a reliance upon their ability to do their job. I fully trust that those things will work when I utilize them. Ever had a car that you didn't trust? Everytime you go to turn the key you're wishing, hoping, and praying that it'll start. You don't trust it, in fact you severely doubt its ability.
We say we trust in the Lord. Do we trust in the Lord with all our heart? When we trust in God with all our heart, we will not lean on our own understanding, because we trust Him. We have a reliance upon His integrity to be who He says He is, to do what He says He'll do, we have a reliance upon His ability to complete all that He promises. Or perhaps we treat God like that car we're unsure of. We run to Him, cry out, ask for help, then begin to lean upon our own understanding because we do not have a RELIANCE on His integrity, strength, ability, surety, we have no confidence in Him.
I'd say often my TRUST is in myself. I have a reliance upon my own integrity, my own strength, my own ability, my own surety, I have confidence that I will find a way. God never gave a promise in His word for those who trust in themselves.
Prov. 3 comes with a promise.
TRUST in the Lord with ALL THINE HEART, and lean not on thine OWN understanding. In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and HE SHALL DIRECT THY PAHTS. (Prov. 3:5-6)
Be Blessed, J. Tate