In God we trust.

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.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

Relevant Scriptures

Psalm 37:3
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.

Psalm 37:5
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

Proverbs 22:19
So that your trust may be in the LORD, I have taught you today, even you.

Proverbs 23:4
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.

Proverbs 28:26
He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

Select Commentary

Pulpit comments: It is the first lesson to be learnt by all, and no less necessary for the Jew than for the Christian. Without this reliance on or confidence in God, it is impossible to carry out any of the precepts of religion. Batakh is, properly, “to cling to,” and so passes to the meaning of “to confide in,” “to set one’s hope and confidence upon.” The preposition el with Jehovah indicates the direction which the confidence is to take (cf. Psalm 37:3, 5). Lean (tishshaen); Vulgate, innitaris; followed by el, like b’takh, with which it is very similar in meaning. Shaan, not used in kal, in hiph. signifies “to lean upon, rest upon,” just as man rests upon a spear for support. Its metaphorical use, to repose confidence in, is derived from the practice of kings who were accustomed to appear in public leaning on their friends and ministers.

Gill writes: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,…. Not in a creature, the best, the holiest, and the highest; not in any creature enjoyment, as riches, strength, and wisdom; nor in any outward privilege, arising from natural descent and education; not in a man’s self, in his own heart, which is deceitful; nor in any works of righteousness done by him; not in a profession of religion, or the duties of it, ever so well performed; not in frames, nor in graces, and the exercise of them; no, not in faith or trust itself: but in the Lord, the object of all grace, and in him only; in Jehovah the Father, as the God of nature and providence, for all temporal blessings; and as the God of all grace, for all spiritual blessings, and all the needful supplies of grace; and for eternal happiness, which he has provided, promised, and freely gives. Trust in him at all times; in times of affliction, temptation, and darkness: there is a great deal of reason for it; all power and strength are in him to help; his love, grace, and mercy, move him to it, and are always the same: the consideration of what he has done for others that have trusted in him, and for ourselves in times past, should induce and encourage to it; as also the happiness of those that trust in him, who enjoy peace and safety; and his displeasure at those that show any diffidence of him, or distrust him. Trust in Jehovah the Son; in his person for acceptance; in his righteousness for justification; in his blood for pardon; in his fulness for supply; in his power for protection and preservation; and in him alone for salvation and eternal life. Trust in Jehovah the Spirit, to carry on and finish the work of grace upon the heart; of which a saint may be confident that where it is begun it will be completed. And this trust in Father, Son, and Spirit, should be “with all the heart”, cordial and sincere. The phrase denotes not so much the strength of faith as the sincerity of it; it signifies a faith unfeigned; it is not saying, or professing, that a man believes and trusts in the Lord; but it is with the heart, and with his whole heart, that he believes unto righteousness, if he believes aright; see Romans 10:10.

My pondering:

This is a wonderful couple of verses in helping us live the life we have.

Yes, we are well served to think positive.
Yes, we must be in touch with realty.
Yes, we are smart by living wise.
Yes, we should learn from experience.
Yes, only a fool does not know thyself.
Yes, its good to reflect.
Yes, affirmations are healthy.
Yes, we can position our attitudes for success.

NO, we can’t control anything…apart from God.

Nothing without His favor.

As is clearly states in Proverbs 16:9
The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps

My prayer

LORD almighty, help this poor soul get and internalize this wonderful truth. YOU and YOU alone are the source of all provision and it doesn’t always make sense to me. That’s okay!

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