Overcomer Series

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy way acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths,” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

God blessed each of us with a brain.  We have the ability to think, reason, and deduce.  We’ve used our brains since we were born and we’re used to relying upon them.  We are also blessed to possess women’s intuition, a gut feeling which helps us judge situations and people and know how to navigate life’s storms.

The problem with our brains and our intuition is they can be wrong.  Our brains/minds have been in training since we were born and they’ve acquired some inaccurate information.  This is why relying solely upon our brains is a bad idea.  The Bible gives us the help we need.  Proverbs 3:5-6 comes to our rescue.

Trust in this verse means to be confident, sure; be bold, secure, put confidence, hope. Unfortunately, many of us are quick to trust in doctors, hospitals, medicine, lawyers, or our friends.  We’re slow to trust in the Lord.  Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in Him with all the heart.  God doesn’t want to be our last resort.  He wants to be our only resort.

The same verse also warns us against leaning to our own understanding.  Leaning to our own understanding means we’re supporting ourselves by what and how we understand.  Our understanding is limited.

However, if we acknowledge God in everything we want to achieve, He will direct us.  As I read my Bible, I see His directions always lead to victory, especially when what we see with the natural eye doesn’t look like a victory (think Jesus on the cross). His directions don’t always make sense to us and so we go back to what does make sense: our way of doing things, our own understanding.


  1. Journal about a time you leaned to your own understanding and the results of that decision.
  2. Do you trust the Lord with all your ways?


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