Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all you heart and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all of your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, and he will make your path straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way] (AMP).
When I first became familiar with this verse, it was more of a burden to me than a comfort. I was so accustomed to doing things my way and thinking that my plan was the best plan. As a child, I was often given responsibilities that were not meant for children and I did not always have the support I needed. The result was that I became self-reliant and I developed a false sense of responsibility. I always felt that I had to “figure it out” on my own and that I had to be the one to “fix” whatever was going wrong. So naturally, when I started to learn about trusting in the Lord, I was terrified to release the control I felt I had in my life. Looking back, I can easily see how trusting in myself only made my path more treacherous.
I can see, how often times I would act out of instinct but still expect the promise that comes from obedience. You can imagine how emotionally treacherous that was. My mentor would often tell me “you can’t just know the Word, you have to do it” and “the pathway to manifest blessing in your life is obedience”. When you are trying to break away from relying on yourself or others, it is important to have wise counsel. They will help you determine what is your voice and what is God’s voice in your life.
Now, as I meditate on this verse it brings me so much comfort. The pressure of having to be the one who fixes everything, rescue everybody and has everything figured out, has been lifted. I have learned and am still learning to let God be God – because He is the best at being God (imagine that). When I trust in myself, I can pretty much expect the opposite of God’s promise in Proverbs 3:5-6. My path becomes unclear, I am wrought with anxiety, and everything just seems harder. When I feel this way, it is my indicator that I need to evaluate who or what I have been putting my trust in.
Paul says in his letter to the Colossians to let the peace of Christ be the controlling factor in our hearts (3:15). Some translations say to let the peace of Christ be the umpire of our hearts. When you aren’t sure what to do, seek out the peace of Christ. This will feel so contrary at first, maybe even quite difficult, but I can attest to God’s promise – God will make your path straight and smooth. Eventually, as you continue to practice, peace will become your habit. You will learn to guard it and enjoy the sacred space that God provides for us in his presence. It’s a place where you get to enjoy your life, even when it seems like everything around you is going wrong.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, help me acknowledge God in all my ways. Help me to trust in Him and not myself. I trust that you will show me what to do. Amen.