5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Yesterday, we looked at Genesis 11 and the account of the Tower of Babel. At the Tower of Babel, the people foolishly believed they could depend on their own wisdom and understanding instead of relying on God. Through the Bible, we are shown that dependence and wisdom from God is necessary for all people, even the wisest of all people.

Solomon was a man gifted with wisdom (1 Kings 3:5, 12). If anyone ever had reason to trust in himself, it was Solomon. However, Solomon understood where his wisdom came from. And as much wisdom as Solomon had been given by God, God’s wisdom was far greater. God’s understanding is beyond measure (Ps. 147:5); the depth of His wisdom is unsearchable (Rom. 11:33-36); He knows us better than we know ourselves (1 John 3:20).

This is important, because you will never surrender to God if you don’t think you have a need. If you live with an “I’ve got this” attitude, peace will be elusive because it is only in turning to God that we find true peace. Neither can you trust in the Lord with all your heart and also lean on your own understanding. Trusting in the Lord involves a change in posture—from standing on your own two feet to falling on your knees before Him.

Ironically, we often try to make our paths straight by disregarding the God who created us and provides us with all wisdom. It is only as we acknowledge Him and seek His guidance that we truly progress in a fruitful way.

• Why will your own understanding lead you astray?

• What does it look like to acknowledge God in all your ways?

• Make Proverbs 3:5-6 your prayer today and consider committing it to memory.