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.
If I could only memorize one verse in the Bible, I might well choose this one. (OK, it’s actually two verses!)
This is indeed a verse to learn, a verse to love, a verse to live. It applies to a thousand situations. It speaks to every problem, every decision, every fear. It speaks to all of life.
Trust in the Lord. The Lord God Almighty, the Sovereign Ruler of heaven and earth, the one who made you and loves you. He can take care of you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust is more of a heart thing than a head thing.
In all your ways acknowledge him. Exactly what are you acknowledging? That he is the Lord, the Almighty God, the King. That he is God and you are not. That he is worthy of your trust, the Shepherd who cares for you. You acknowledge all the truths of the Bible about God.
And he will make straight your paths. Here’s the promise of God: When we trust him, he will take care of us. He will bless us and lead us and protect us. God will see us through.
So trust him with all your heart. Trust him when your teenager is wayward. Trust him when your college student drives back to school at night. Trust him when the doctor says “cancer.” Trust him.
Trust him when you don’t understand why you suffer. Trust him when you lose your job. Trust him when your spouse walks out. Trust him.
Trust him for your father’s salvation. Trust him when you cannot get pregnant. Trust him when you face a major decision at work. Trust him.
This is your calling. This is your mandate. This is your life.
In every situation, in every decision, with every problem, you have a choice to make. Will you or will you not trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding? Will you acknowledge that God is God and you’re not? Will you acknowledge that he is in fact the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, and he is still in control of his universe?
Do it! Do it today and every day. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Decide to trust in the Lord.