Today’s bible study is Proverbs 3:5-6: 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. Trusting in the Lord rather than depending on our own understanding is often difficult to do. There are many things we do each day, and most of us follow a routine to some extent, doing the same things over and over. We do simple things like making the bed and washing the dishes. Many of us have learned to do far more difficult and masterful things like playing the piano, performing surgery or designing skyscrapers.
How often during the course of any given day do we depend on our own understanding? Unfortunately, for most of us, it is most of the time. We do what we are used to doing, what we know how to do, what we have done many times before and what we are getting paid to do. What does God have to do with our understanding? Some Christians might be dismayed, thinking how self-reliant and arrogant people can be. As Christians, God is the foundation of everything we do, everything we say, everything we accomplish and everything we master. While we are busy doing our chores, practicing our professions or planning the next step in a task, we too seldom stop and think about God.
But God is with is every moment of our lives. God lives within our hearts and minds and is ever-present in the business of daily life. It is only by recognizing this that we can live the full lives God intended His people to live. Recognizing the presence of God within us is recognizing the greatest good, the greatest joy, the greatest peace and the greatest hope. It will not dramatically change our careers or what we’re fixing for dinner, but it may make us more aware of the needs of those around us. It may cause us to share someone’s burden, to whisper words of encouragement, to give a few dollars to charity, or to simply take a deep breath and avoid a confrontation. When we are tired, it will give us the strength to go on. When we are frustrated and seem unable to find a solution, it will clear our minds and grant us keener vision and renewed insight.
Too many of us find it difficult to trust anyone. We have been let down, lied to, sold short or betrayed. Too often it is hard, and everybody is searching for a hero. But, when we put out trust in God, we have found our hero and someone we can look up to, believe in and place our complete trust in. Each day, in the pursuits of our labors, may we remember the omniscience of God. May we take a moment now and again to feel His loving presence and hear His softly whispered words in our hearts. May we practice our knowledge, yet lean on God, our true strength and help in times of trouble.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Atlanta Christian Living Examiner, Taylor Powell
- Atlanta Bible Study Examiner, Donna Sundblad
- Kentucky Bible Study Examiner, Timothy Edwards
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series