"Trust in the LORD" Graduation Address - 11 May 2019
These verses bring us to the central theme of all of Proverbs. The point is clearly that the way of genuine wisdom and real sensibility is both negative and positive.
On the negative side: “do not lean on your own understanding…Be not wise in your own eyes” (5b, 7a)! Not Omni-competent; not fully self-reliant; not masters of our own destiny nor captains of our own life-ships.
On the positive side: genuine wisdom trusts and obeys.
- “Trust in the LORD with all your heart” - rely on the LORD; convinced that he is good, he wants your good, and his way is good .
- “In all your ways acknowledge him” – Hebrew: da’ehu; know him – and point out that you know he is good, wants your good, and his way is good! And that you’re willing to stake your life on it!
- “He will make straight your paths…; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil” (6b-7) – lean into the trail he leads us.
- “It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones” – the promising result is that this path of wisdom and sensibility is remedial, restorative, and refreshing.