Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
As part of loving God with all our hearts, the first great commandment, we learn to trust Him with all our hearts. Our own understanding is limited, though hopefully we are striving every day to understand things more and more like God does. By studying the Bible, we are seeking God’s understanding.
Acknowledging God in all our ways certainly includes constant prayer. We should “begin, continue, and end every work, purpose and device with God” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary on Proverb 3:6). The New Living Translation says, “Seek his will in all you do.”
When we do this, God will direct—“make smooth or straight”—our paths (Nelson Study Bible margin). So often we lose our way or can’t see clearly where we need to go. But God can illuminate His path for us and clear some of the debris out of our way so we can move forward with assurance (Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 12:13).
For more about growing in trust in God, see the articles in our section on “Faith.”