Trust in the Lord with all your heart, & lean not on your own understand; In all your ways acknowledge Him, & He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
These words challenge believers to put more confidence in God’s ability than in their own, to not attempt to analyze and figure out every detail themselves, but to place their belief in God’s wisdom, love and strength, to lean on God instead of relying on themselves or anyone else. C. S. Lewis wrote, “To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way.” God makes the distinction between the heart and the mind. There is nothing wrong with using reason and intellect, and this verse is not telling us to stop thinking. But some situations are complex and cannot be successfully understood or made sense of. Rather than making foolish and perhaps risky decisions and leaping off a precipice into a chasm of catastrophe, it is much better to trust God. God is the One with foreknowledge. Proverbs 3:7 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes.” And from Romans 12:16. “Never over-estimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.” (Amplified Bible). God is all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere-present. He is tried, true and trustworthy.