Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. I love how those two ideas are a part of the same verse because they are two sides of the same coin. The more I depend on myself, the less I tend to trust the Lord. They are mutually exclusive terms. I can’t trust the Lord with all of my heart if I am depending on myself.
We are raised to depend on ourselves and many of our children, because of their histories, have had to depend upon themselves. They don’t know how to trust anyone but themselves because they have never had anyone they could trust before. They need us to model dependence for them and there is no greater example than having them see their parents trust in the Lord in everything.
I remember wanting to be independent as a small child. I thought that I could skip dependence and move straight to independence. But we know that in order to be truly independent we must first be totally dependent. We cannot depend on our own understanding if we do not trust in the Lord because our understanding will lead us astray.
Lord, thank you for you love and protection. Teach me to trust you more. Teach me to rely on you and not on myself so that I can show my children how to trust you too.
In Jesus name, Amen
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)