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 straight your paths.
This morning I was reading Isaiah 50:10-11, in which the Messiah sustains the weary with the words of his mouth. Those who listen and obey his words are able to trust in God, whereas those who light their own torches and rely upon themselves and their own sophisticated ideas of wisdom and knowledge will end lying down in torment.
The connection I see with Proverbs 3:5-6 is that every time I come to the word of God I have a choice; whether to accept that God is infinitely wise and has something important to communicate in what I am reading, or to decide for myself what is important and what is not. If I trust the Lord with all my heart I will submit my will to what He commands rather than layering my own ideas of how God ‘should’ be over the top of what is written in scripture. I need to acknowledge God in all my ways, not just the ones which I don’t mind Him adjusting.
Some (actually many) of my ways do not acknowledge God, the reason for this is that I do not fully trust in Him. In fact I mostly trust in myself, with God as the backup when I can’t cope. Therefore it is not surprising that He does not make all my ways straight, my ways are bent and crooked due to sin.
Until I am utterly convinced that God knows best and I do not, I will be doomed to walk on crooked paths which lead to torment.