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.
Here is the guide to life for the Christian. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Trust God in all circumstances to know what he is doing, to keep his promises, to bring all things to a conclusion that serves our good and glorifies him. Trust his commandments; trust his written Word; trust his Redeemer Jesus Christ for your salvation. Trust the Holy Spirit to complete the “good work” of sanctification begun in you and to keep you till the day of Christ’s return.
Do not lean on your own understanding. Seek the wisdom of God laid out in his Word. Meditate on and study diligently the Scriptures, which will make you wise unto salvation.
In all your ways acknowledge him. Acknowledge God at work in your life, especially through the trials of life. Acknowledge that all your ways are to be the ways of the Lord, following along the path of righteousness. You live for God not for yourself. Every decision is to be made with the thought of serving him and glorifying him.
And he will make straight your paths. You cannot make your own paths straight. It is only by turning your life over to him, by daily turning it over to him, that you will keep along God’s path. The path may be difficult at times to walk, but it will not lead you astray as the paths you create inevitably will.
Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ with all of your heart, and he will lead you along the path of righteousness by the power of the Holy Spirit to your heavenly Father.
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