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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”—Proverbs 3:5 

It’s the last part of that verse that gets us into so much trouble—our own understanding. We think we know best when it comes to running our own lives. We think our upbringing, education, street smarts and otherwise is enough to get by on in life but, it isn’t. 

“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”— Psalm 73:26 

We are limited within ourselves because our flesh is weak and susceptible to sin. Even on our best day, we’re still weak and can’t see beyond our limitations but, God can, which is why we must trust in Him. It’s only when we seek the Lord that we can navigate our lives in a successful way. 

“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”—Proverbs 3:6 

Life can get difficult and trying to the point where we want an immediate relief. This sometimes leads us back down the path in trusting in our own ways. We have to remain steadfast in trusting the Lord when things get dark and painful. 

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”— Isaiah 26:3 

I’ve come to see that our biggest problem when it comes to our relationship with the Lord is trust—we simply don’t trust Him. Despite bold proof that He is worthy like waking us up every morning, turning situations around and abounding mercy when we don’t deserve it. It’s up us to start to trust Him completely in every aspect of our lives because remember, He has plans for each and every one of us. 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”—Jeremiah 29:11 –