Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most quoted verses in the word of God.
If you are not familiar with it let me help you with that…
It reads this way in the KJV (King James Bible)… “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
As I said it’s the most quoted and the one that most of us as Christians have committed to memory.
But, here’s something that I have discovered. And it is that the instruction that comes after verses 5 and 6 is most of the time omitted and not quoted.
For a long time, I didn’t see the significance of this instruction either.
And for a very long time, I omitted to include the instruction given in verse 7 as the primary application to verses 5-6.
So, what do we learn in verse 7 of Proverbs 3?
Let us take a look…
Proverbs 3:7 instructs us…”Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.”
For years I have asked people what their favorite verse of scripture would be? And most of the times it would be Proverbs 3:5-6.
Also for many years, I didn’t fully understand what it looked liked to adhere to those verses…
That is — until the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the knowledge and understanding of how to wisely apply it in a practical manner.
I discovered that verse 7 of Proverbs 3 is the practical application of fleshing out verse 5 and 6.
How do we flesh out Proverbs 3:5-6?
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Now, back to how to flesh out Proverbs 3:5-6.
Let’s take it verse by verse, here a little and there a little.
In verse 5 it instructs us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.
Verse number 7 tells us to ” Be not wise in our own eyes.”
Can you see that when we are being wise in our own eyes that we are not trusting God?
And furthermore, verse 5 instructs us not to lean on our own understanding… It stands to reason that if we are being wise in our own eyes…that we are trusting in ourselves and not trusting in God.
The Bible tells us that a man that trusts in his own heart is a fool. Search the scriptures if you don’t believe me…
This is a statement of truth that mankind does not want to accept. But here’s the truth of every matter is that…
If God said it–it is so.
I don’t know about you, but I no longer want to be a fool.
And with that said…
Let’s have a closer look at verse 6
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Do you remember me saying that verse 7 instructs us in how to apply 5 and 6?
Well, let’s look at verse 7 again… Here we are instructed to “Fear the Lord”.
What does it mean to “fear the Lord”?
To fear the Lord me to have respect or reverence the Lord God Almighty.
But to make it plain. It is to place his way of doing things above our own and to know that everything that he does is right.
So, when verse 6 tells us to acknowledge him in all of our ways… It’s instructing us to “fear the Lord.
I guess in essence whatever it is that we are thinking or planning on doing we should filter it by the word of God.
What else should we understand
There’s a little more for us to glean from verse 7.
First, we need to look at the remaining words in verse 6. It reads… “and he shall direct thy paths.”
The remaining words in verse 7 read this way… “and depart from evil.”
I think it is safe to say that if God is directing our paths that we will not conduct ourselves in an evil way.
Let us Conclude
As I bring this article to its conclusion I want us to think about and look at one more scripture that I believe speaks to the heart of this article
It is a scripture found also in the Book of Proverbs Chapter number 20 verse 24 and here’s how we read it…
“Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?”
I just want us to meditate on that thought for a moment and as we do… We should ask ourselves a few questions.
How does that make us see ourselves?
What does that statement make us feel?