March 3, 2021

Trust and Understanding

Written by Boyd Bailey

Love is what keeps me free to grow a robust trust in the Lord, and a humility to learn the ways of the Lord.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 3, 2021

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5, NASB

I am learning to trust God, especially when I do not understand God. There is so much I don’t comprehend about the Lord. If it was necessary to perfectly know the Lord, to authentically trust the Lord, I would rarely have the requisite maturity of faith to trust Him as I should. Thankfully, the Lord works with me where I am, helping grow me into who I need to become. Yes, I need to expand my knowledge of who God is and what His will is for my life. Fortunately, learning how to be loved by the Lord gives me a greater glimpse into understanding His heart. My lack of understanding needs to deepen my humility to actually elevate my trust in the Lord.

King Solomon, more than most of us, was tempted to trust in his own understanding. Revered in his day as the wisest person on the planet—he could have easily dismissed the need for God and certainly the need for others. In his young adult years at least, he knew there was much he didn’t know about the Lord, but he still gave God’s love the devotion of all his affections. Whatever comprehension gap existed, his humility to trust the Lord bridged the gap of his lack of knowledge. Solomon had seen God’s Spirit lead his life on the path where the Lord’s provision was abundant. 

“This is what the Lord says: Let no wise man boast of his wisdom, nor let the mighty man boast of his might, nor a rich man boast of his riches; but let the one who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises mercy, justice, and righteousness on the earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

Wisdom, influence and money can become my idols of worship. Sadly, my desire to know God, and my knowledge about God can become a badge of honor that feeds my pride, instead of humbling my heart under the Lord’s severe love. By severe love, I mean strong and powerful. What keeps idols away from competing with my intimacy with Jesus—is being cocooned in His great love. When I am empty of myself, I am able to be filled with perfect love. So, love is what keeps me free to grow a robust trust in the Lord, and the humility to learn the ways of the Lord. 

You may have questions about your understanding of the Lord, but you don’t have to question God’s love for His beloved or His faithfulness in your life. In fact, it’s natural for your humble heart to declare what you don’t know, while simultaneously relying heavily on heaven’s help. Doubt in understanding the divine does not have to equal doubt in the divine. Because you have a good, good heavenly Father, you can lean into Him for learning and love, instruction and inspiration; teaching you truth, so you can live the truth. Lean into and lean on the Lord’s love. 

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is only fitting, because your faith is increasing abundantly, and the love of each and every one of you toward one another grows ever greater” (2 Thessalonians 1:3).


Heavenly Father, I trust you to lead me in your will, through Christ’s love and in His name I pray, amen.


What decision do I need to entrust to the Lord, even though I’m not sure I understand the Lord?

Related Reading

Deuteronomy 7:9; Daniel 9:4; 1 Timothy 6:11; Philemon 1:4

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