5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
A lot of people consider these verses their “verses to live by.” Not a bad idea as it will lead a person to dependence on God rather than on self. The opening instruction is to trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Your heart is healthiest when it has one focus, and there can be no greater focus than the Lord, Himself. Coming to the place of totally trusting Him may take some time and spiritual growth – you, like most of us, feel independent and want to act accordingly.
The opposite is to not lean on your own understanding which is compiling a set of ideas that become the basis for planning and deciding as you deal with life. “Your understanding” is not coming from God, but it’s made up of past experience, worldly wisdom, common sense, and trial and error.
When it comes to planning, you try to throw down some ideas of what to do with things you cannot control (guesses really), then start the worry wagon, while God is saying, “I’m already there – lean on Me!” One other thing to always do is acknowledge God in everything you set out to do. He is with you from the first step, He knows the end from the beginning, He is working everything out for His glory and your good, He’ll make your paths straight (Romans 8:28), He’ll never fail you.
Think about these:
Proverbs 16:3 & 9 3 Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established. 9 The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.