Memory Verse #38 Proverbs 3:5

38. Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. —Proverbs 3:5


If God can guide the birds in their migrations and the planets in their orbits, He has an appointed way for our lives and can lead us accordingly. Many biblical texts reassure us of divine guidance, and among the best is Proverbs 3:5-6. Taken together, we have three commands and one all-embracing promise.

Three Commands

  1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. We can lean on the Lord’s promise because we can lean on the Lord Himself who is unchanging, unfailing, unerring, and illimitable.
  2. Do not rely on your own understanding. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t think through decisions or use our God-given minds. It means we think through things in total submission with God’s will and in complete awareness of His superior knowledge about the things that concern us.
  3. Think about Him in all your ways. Acknowledge Him by saying, “Lord, I want to turn this dilemma or decision over to You. I desire Your perfect will.”

One Promise

  1. He will guide you in the right paths. He will direct you in all your ways, giving you the wisdom to do what’s best and providentially arranging the circumstances of life according to His will. He’ll lead you in the right path.

Burleigh Law served as a jungle pilot in central Africa. One day he took off in clear skies, but shortly he noticed thunderclouds in the distance; and these thunderheads rushed together at startling speed. Burleigh frantically searched for an airstrip, but there was nowhere to land. Openings appeared in the clouds here and there, and he kept turning his plane toward them, following little patches of blue. It was like a needle threading its way through fabric. Burleigh was lost in the skies, depending entirely on visible navigation. Finally, spotting a little landing strip, he made it safely to the ground.

Suddenly a vehicle raced up to his plane, and a nurse jumped out and ran to the plane, shouting, “I don’t know where you came from, but I know you are an answer to our prayers.” This woman was staying with a missionary couple who had been isolated on a remote station for months. The unsettled political situation had left them cut off from outside communication. The roads were impassible and the bridges out. The missionary wife had become ill with fever and possible rabies. That morning they had called together the Christians in the village, and the church had earnestly prayed for God’s guidance. That day, the Lord arranged the storm clouds to direct and guide Burleigh Law and his little plane to that spot of earth.

He can direct our paths, even if they’re in the clouds!

Every morning, he walked into the Oval Office; he quoted Proverbs 3:5-6. That’s how he started his day. —Billy Zeoli about President Gerald Ford

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