Biblical Reflections: Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverbs 3:5-6 – 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.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. This slogan for the United Negro College Fund once filled the airways echoing in the mind of America. Both sympathetic and challenging, it struck a cord. Blissful ignorance was put on notice. Knowledge was here to stay. Sadly many people did not hear the message.

When we think we know everything, it is a sign that we know much less than we should. Pride and a desire for so-called self-reliance can lead us right off a cliff, because we fail to acknowledge our ignorance to seek experienced counsel.
Instead of pride, we should seek humility. The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. Furthermore, “Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly” (Proverbs 16:22).

Remember that Adam and Eve trusted someone other than the Lord. It did not turn out well.


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