“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 your paths straight.”
Everything you need to live the Christian life is packed into these two verses. Solomon tells everyone how to know God’s path for your life and how to avoid getting off track. Two keys are hidden in here that would be easy to miss. The first is “with all of your heart,” and the second, “in all your ways.” Trust can’t be half-hearted. It has to be all in. It can’t be temporary, only when you need to get out of a jam. Trust is a day in, day out walk with Jesus where you look to Him for everything. Evidence of that trust is that you acknowledge Jesus in all of your ways.
There is a trip cord that can derail your walk. When you lean on your own understanding—this is the fight of the flesh vs. the Spirit. Your human nature wants to be in charge and make decisions. It wants to act like it knows what it is doing. Leaning on your own understanding leads you on the wrong path and away from God’s will.
Don’t confuse “making your paths straight” with the easy Christian life. It means that when you make Jesus the center of your life and acknowledge Him before man, He will lead you on a path that is the right way. Psalm 23 tells us that He will lead us to green pastures, besides still waters, and through the valley of darkness. Put your full trust in Jesus, and watch as He leads you in the right way.