What Does It Mean To “Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] With All My Heart”?
In this Part 2, we will look at more insights for learning how to trust in Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].
Let us begin by looking at the second part of that verse in Proverbs chapter 3.
Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
This Scripture is showing us one way to TRUST in Yahuwah.
Yahuwah gave us this unique ability to think, to reason, to imagine, and to understand and to plan. This ability is a unique part of being “fearfully and wonderfully made” and being “created in the image of God” (Psalms 139:14 and Genesis 1:27). Yet, Yah has told us to not lean on our ‘own’ understanding. What is He saying?
Trusting in Yahuwah begins with “not leaning on my own understanding.” In other words, Yahuwah is saying that I need to learn to not be attached, not cling to the countless things of this world, things of human wisdom and insight. My own understanding embraces a myriad of things that I rely on to support and determine my behaviour, my speech, my attitudes, my feelings, my motives.
To lean on something means that we are trusting in something to support us. Leaning on something is very much like trusting in, relying on, and counting on something to support us in some way. Father tells us to not lean on, not rely on, our own understanding.
Proverbs chapter 3 begins with telling us the kind of understanding that Yahuwah wants us to lean on — the understanding that comes from His Torah and His Commandments (Proverbs 3:1)! The first verse in this Proverb reveals what Father wants for us. He wants us to remember, to keep, and thus understand His WORD as the supports for motivating us!
We are to not depend on our ‘own’ [human] understanding to support us. Our own human understanding will often misguide us, and will often prevent us from walking by faith!
Am I saying to abandon my thinking and understanding if I want to walk according to God’s Word? No.
But stay with me, because learning how to NOT lean on our own understanding is a very significant step in our quest to trusting in Yahuwah with all our heart!
Yahuwah’s Thoughts and Ways
Trusting in Yahuwah with all my heart begins with a basic, fundamental attitude.
Since the Scriptures are totally inspired by Yahuwah, the God and King of the universe, then the thoughts revealed within the Scriptures are certainly far, far above and beyond our own human understanding:
For my thoughts [Yahuwah’s thoughts] are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts [higher] than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8,9)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2Tim 3:16)
Yes, as these verses tell us, Yahuwah’s thoughts and ways are far, far above that of us human beings. His Words [His thoughts — the Words in the Bible] will always be far above human wisdom! His Words will always be profitable for teaching, instructing, and supporting us!
Acknowledging the supremacy of Yahuwah’s thoughts as greater and higher than our own human thoughts is to be humble, honest, and realistic about Who He IS and about who we are! This is a crucial first step in learning how to trust in Yahuwah with all our heart!
Yahuwah IS Above All
We must begin to be as Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro. When Jethro saw all the goodness of Yahuwah, he exclaimed, “I know that Yahuwah [the LORD] is greater than all mighty ones … Yahuwah is above all!” (Exodus 18:11).
The significant first step to not leaning on my own understanding is to acknowledge the greatness and the profound wisdom of Yahuwah! It is to be humble and honest about my own pint-sized, human understanding.
This significant first step is to see Yahuwah’s Word as the ultimate truth and recognize that my own understanding can be faulty and selfish and soulish.
If I acknowledge the greatness of God’s Word, then with gratitude, I can begin to have a more realistic opinion of my own understanding. A more realistic awareness of my ‘own’ understanding will help me to acknowledge that my understanding is far below the level of Yah’s infinite wisdom and understanding.
As I become more realistic about human wisdom, then I can readily understand my own sinful nature, and be willing to accept Yah’s remedy for my sinful ways, and willing to accept Yah’s wisdom, which is from above (James 3:17).
It is the height of pride and folly to assume that my own understanding, my own guidance and motives, can be trusted and determined by human wisdom and reasoning alone. A prideful heart will say: I do not need God’s advice. This attitude is certainly NOT trusting in Yah!
But, if I will humble myself by acknowledging the supremacy of Yahuwah’s thoughts and ways, then I am beginning to “Trust in Yahuwah with all my heart” and I am learning to “lean not unto my own understanding.”
Humility and Honesty are our “Support Systems”
Leaning on Yahuwah’s thoughts and ways begins with Humility and Honesty! These are the qualities that Yahuwah is looking for among His people because these are needed for knowing God’s way!
Humility and Honesty are the support systems we need for learning how to lean on Yahuwah’s thoughts [His WORD], and how to trust in Yahuwah’s wisdom with all our heart.
If we acknowledge that Yahuwah’s Words, as revealed in the Bible, are superior to our own understanding, then with humility and honesty, our second step is to apply His understanding [His Words] to our life:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2Chron 7:14)
Because thine heart (King Josiah) was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his (God’s) words… I have even heard thee also, saith the LORD. (2Chron 34:27)
As these verses show us, there are certain qualities that Father looks for as conditions for hearing our prayers, and for restoring us and healing us — humility, honesty, tender-hearted, repentance, and gratitude! These are the kind of qualities Yahuwah is searching for throughout the whole earth — the tender-hearted ones who acknowledge their ‘own’ understanding as troublesome and outside of Father’s pathway! Yahuwah promises to hear such humble, honest ones who exhibit these qualities.
Those who are humble, honest, tender-hearted, repentant, and grateful have what is needed for trusting in Yahuwah with all their heart! These are our ‘support systems’ for leaning on, trusting in, and thus obeying Yahuwah!
Humility and honesty helps us learn to not lean on our own understanding.
When we can humbly acknowledge that Yahuwah’s Word reveals the weakness of human wisdom, the sinful tendencies of our ways — when we can honestly repent and receive Yahuwah’s discipline and correction, then we are beginning to NOT lean on our own understanding! Then we can begin to support and determine our behaviour [obedience] on Yahuwah’s Words and His wisdom, rather than leaning on human wisdom.
This is a process of learning to become detached to:
- my internal mental demands to ‘be right,’
- my internal mental demands that my understanding is better, and is best!
The internal thoughts we have that rise up and demand the ‘rightness’ of our own understanding, are the thoughts that hinder our obedience to Yahuwah.
But by leaning on Yah’s Word and His wisdom, little by little, we learn to accept our inferior understanding, and learn to walk by faith — we learn to trust Father’s Word that tells us the way we need to live, behave, and speak. Little by little, we begin to hold a greater respect for Father’s Word, and thus begin leaning on it to support everything we do.
How could I think or behave as though “I Know Better!”
What?? “I know better” than Yahuwah, the Creator of the Universe ?!? Haha! lol
My attitude needs to be one of humility toward the Creator of all things, including my little pea-size brain!
My little pea-sized brain and its understanding is as nothing compared to Yahuwah’s greatness and wisdom!!
It is folly and hard-hearted-ness to insist on the supremacy of my own understanding!! If I am arrogant, conceited, or self-reliant, then I have taken up my own understanding. That sort of conduct is not trusting in Yahuwah!
To be humble, honest, and tender-hearted begins with a determined resolution to acknowledge the very Presence of Yahuwah, and His infinite greatness, goodness, and holiness. With humility and honesty, we must be willing to yield and surrender our demand — our so-called ‘right’ to understand, and then begin to acknowledge and obey the greater wisdom of Yahuwah’s Word.
The ‘support systems’ of humility and honesty will carry us into a maturity and a growth in our relationship with Father, whereby we will begin to gain in His understanding.
This is a growing process. We need to daily re-affirm our commitment to humbly yield to and obey the wisdom of the Word of Yahuwah. As we saw in Turning From Darkness to Light, maintaining our humility is vital in this step-by-step process of learning and yielding to Father’s understanding. These are the necessary steps for trusting in Yahuwah with all our heart!
Our Own Understanding Needs Adjusting
Father has a unique way of comparing His wisdom with human wisdom:
… the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1Cor 1:25)
As we seek to grow in the knowledge and grace of Yahuwah, we will discover, over and over, that our own human understanding often needs adjusting! Our own understanding often comes into conflict with the thoughts in the Bible. At times, our own understanding, our own intelligence rises up with a hardness of heart, and insists on its own correctness and supremacy. This is characteristic of a hard and unbelieving heart.
When insisting on the superiority of our ‘own understanding’ then, we are treading on dangerous territory! This is equivalent to making our own understanding our ‘final answer’— our final authority — our own God!
When we refuse to yield our understanding to that of Yahuwah’s Words then He defines that as those who refuse to hear His Words — those who — “walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them… which is good for nothing!” (Jeremiah 13:10)
Man’s Own Imagination
Yahuwah tells us in His Word the truth of man’s own imagination:
…for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…. (Genesis 8:21)
Our own understanding and imagination is basically selfish and evil — because at its root, it is against and opposed to Yahuwah! No one had to teach me to oppose Yahuwah’s authority and rebel against His Words. “I was born that way!”
If we ever hope to grow UP spiritually, then our own understanding must yield and submit to the greatness of Yahuwah’s Words and His understanding.
Renew Our Mind
Yahuwah desires to …transform us by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). A major ingredient in this transformation is to trust Yahuwah with all our heart by not leaning on our own understanding.
The transformation of our minds is a day-by-day process of focusing our energies, our thinking skills, intentions, and behaviour on humbling ourselves. We must be totally honest with ourselves, and learn to be submissive to Father’s Words and His love.
This takes time, patience, perseverance, and commitment on our part. But we can not do this unless we cry out for His help!
Father delights to help us! With His help, we CAN use our abilities of understanding, reasoning, and planning for the purpose of seeking to be in agreement with Father’s Words. When we do this, by Father’s enabling grace, we will be walking in His truth and obeying the First Commandment:
“Thou shalt have none other gods before me.” (Deut 5:7) “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30)
Give Me Understanding According to Your Word
Lastly, let me point out a wonderful prayer. King David [a man after God’s own heart], said many wonderful prayers! May this prayer be one of our own frequent prayers:
Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. (Psalms 119:169)
“Yes, Yahuwah, I ask You to give me understanding according to Your Word!”
Do we honestly desire to trust in Yahuwah with all our heart? Then, let us ask His help to yield our own understanding, and ‘give-way’ to Yahuwah’s wisdom, and seek for understanding according to His Word.
Let us have a thankful heart for any of His wisdom that He graciously grants us!
May we humble ourselves, and acknowledge Yahuwah in all our ways. May each one of us yield our own understanding to Father’s thoughts, His Ways and His Words. Let us begin to more fully obey His Word [even if it seems different from our usual pathway].
And that is truly trusting in Yahuwah with all your heart!
- The Key to Gaining Understanding
- Acquiring A Teachable Heart
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins: Steps To Obtaining Wisdom
- Preparing Your Heart
- Turning From Darkness to Light
- Seeking God With All Our Heart
- Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible