Not By My Own Understanding

by May 25, 2020LP Students Devo, Students

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 (NIV)


Trusting someone can be so hard. Especially when you are trusting them with your present, past, and future. It can be hard to let go of the real and tangible things in our lives, but this verse tells us that when we do so, God begins to make our paths straight. He aligns what is not right. He guides us not with our own understanding but His. His very own understanding of our future, the one that He has already written. “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart” – not half of it but all of it. We can’t trust God halfway; we need to trust Him all the way. Trust Him with the unknowns, with the broken relationships, and with tomorrow.


It can be hard for me to trust people. People scare me, they seem to have all the power over me. I think about how in an instant they can hurt me with their actions or with their words. People have failed me time and time again. This verse is convicting to me because I always insert Jesus in that people category. I sometimes think He will hurt me, but I know He won’t. God sent His one and only son to die for me; that is love. He never stops pursuing me even when I am afraid of getting close to Him; that is love. He never shames me, and He welcomes me just as I am; that is love. This verse is a reminder to me that when I trust the Lord with ALL my heart, I do not have to fear. He guides me through His all-knowing understanding. He will lead me in the right direction. He won’t ever fail me.


God, help me trust you. Help me surrender every part of my heart to you – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Help me lean on your understanding. Remind me of how much you love me when I begin to doubt. Remind me of your faithfulness when my faith is weak. Keep me under your wings, lead me in the right path. I love you. Amen.

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