Command One: Do not Forget Wisdom’s Teaching but Let Your Heart Keep Wisdom’s Commands (v. 1-2)
Reason: Length of Days, Years of Life, Peace
Command Two: Let not Steadfast Love and Faithfulness Forsake You; Bind Them Around Your Neck; Write Them On the Tablet of Your Heart (v. 3-4)
Reason: To Find Favor and Good Success in the Sight of God and Man
Command Three: Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart, and Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding, in All Your Ways Acknowledge Him. (v. 5-6) (Ps. 37:3, 5; Jer. 9:23-24; 1 Chron. 28:9; Ps. 73:24)
Reason: He Will Make Your Paths Straight
It seems I am restrained from writing today. There is much to be said about trusting in the Lord with all your heart. And as I try to start, I stop. We can say great and truthful things about TRUST, but until we learn to walk in trust all we do is lip-service to the Word.
So why don’t we trust in the Lord? pride, selfishness, lack of prudence
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.”
“Whoever gives thought to the Word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.”
I am interested how trust in the Lord is closely related to fear of the Lord. (Prov. 1:7; 2:5; 9:10; 15:33) This reminds me of a conversation I had with, a stranger actually, about her view of “fearing” the Lord. She had been taught that to fear the Lord meant literally to be afraid of God. Her view is, sadly, the view I feel most people, even those in the church, have of the fear of God.
We should fear God’s wrath to the point of it leading us to repentance. In Proverbs, however, it speaks of the type of fear that is a reverential fear that leads us to obedience and holds the Lord as an authority in our life. When we trust in Christ with our whole heart we learn who God is in a deeper more magnificent way. When we learn to lean not on our own understanding but on Christ our Lord we learn to fear the Lord in this reverential way. We learn to constantly grow in greater trust of the Lord, which leads to a greater understanding of the Lord; which comes from a greater fear (reverence) of the authority of Christ in our life.
We’ve messed up enough on our own; while trust is hard to learn we should know that the all-sovereign, powerful, majestic, glorious, wise God can lead us in a way beyond our understanding. What heights can we reach with Christ in charge? What depths of knowledge can we come to with the Lord as our Lord?
May we truly learn to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, learning not to lean on our own understanding but acknowledging Him and allowing Him to make straight our paths.