On Trusting-Leaning-Acknowledging-Directing – February 3 Inspiration

On Trusting-Leaning-Acknowledging-Directing – February 3 Inspiration

Trusting, leaning, acknowledging, and directing. Some of the key words in one of the first Bible verses I ever learned: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).


I find it interesting how many times a Bible passage gives conditions of a promise, such as here, about the Lord directing our paths. But what must we do first? Trust or have confidence in the Lord, don’t lean or depend on our own understanding, and acknowledge or accept His guidance.





The next two verses go on to say: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8).  Again, in these two verses, we have the promise of health and strength…IF we are not vain in trusting our own limited wisdom, and IF we reverentially fear or stand in awe of God, AND don’t participate in evil behavior.


In addition to the verses above, here is some more inspiration for today…


“We need to be strengthened and renewed on a daily basis…

physically, mentally, and emotionally.

We need to be strong so we do not fall apart

every time we have to face

some situation we had not planned on.

We can be strengthened and renewed

by drawing strength from God,

by exercising our faith,

and by doing what He tells us to do.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”


My reflections:

I thought this quote coincided nicely with today’s Proverb (incidentally, for anyone interested, I have a separate page on my blog with daily scripture readings from Psalms and Proverbs). We gain direction and strength by leaning and depending on God, rather than ourselves.

Regarding the need to be strong instead of falling apart when facing an unplanned situation…I had one of those yesterday when our furnace malfunctioned and started spewing smoke and noxious fumes. I have had an almost non-stop headache for a couple days, and it worsened yesterday when that event occurred. I wonder now if we had some carbon monoxide leaking prior to the malfunction.

I contacted my hubby, who left work to diagnose and fix the problem with the furnace. I am so thankful for God’s protection, and for Him giving Dave the wisdom and strength to deal with the furnace issues, so we are safe and sound again…and the headache is gone!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you see patterns in scripture or other literature where there are conditions to be met prior to receiving promises or answers? Have you had an experience where you drew strength from God or a loved one to help you during a difficult situation?


A special quilt I completed for a friend whose hubby's grandmother started it before passing away.
A special quilt I completed for a friend whose hubby’s grandmother was not able to complete it before she passed away.

31 thoughts on “On Trusting-Leaning-Acknowledging-Directing – February 3 Inspiration

  1. We should learn to let go of the things we can’t control and also just learn to ride with the waves instead of going against it.

  2. I think God must find me and my habit of praying whenever I am about to start a new project, about to do a difficult task and even when the internet connection is giving me grief.

    This might be because in many ways Hinduism is an individualistic faith which also allows for community spirit but my relationship with the Almighty is one of absolute trust and I’ve never felt the need to accept any conditions because my acceptance and Faith is unconditional.
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  3. This is one of the first verses I memorized, when I was in my early 20’s. I so needed God to guide me, and I did not want to lean on my own very limited understanding. Now, with my children becoming teenagers, I put my trust in God alone. My hope must be in Him to keep my children safe.

    I love the reminder you gave, that we must do our part first. I need to be reminded of that daily!

  4. I draw strength from my husband, close friends and myself. I can’t say I just trust all will work out because but I do believe I can be with whatever happens. I also believe I am responsible for the direction of my life.

    In all honesty & fairness, I refrain from discussing religion or politics online, be it in blogs, posts, tweets. I’m sure you understand.

  5. All so true. I often say to myself, “Jesus, I trust in You.” Were it not for my faith, I’m not sure I’d been in the position I am today. So many times during losses, illness, financial struggles and marital discord I wanted to throw in the towel, but then I remembered that it doesn’t all rely on me or my weaknesses. Truly coming to the realization that I can totally trust in God has lightened many a burden from my shoulders.
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  6. I have learned to trust myself, my inner voice of intuition and know that I am always being guided by the spiritual world. We all are, and it is a matter of whether we choose to listen to the guidance we are being given. We all have the “answers” within us and so often we look to the outside world for opinions and information and base our choices for ourselves on that. Only we know what is the best choice for us in every given circumstance. I believe we have the power to create our lives based on certain laws of the Universe and also the opportunity to accept what is so and remain calm and peaceful with it. So yes, I do believe in a higher power and trust that it is in play at all times.
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