Trust in the Lord with all thine heart,.... Not in a creature, not in any earthy pleasure, as riches, strength, and wisdom; nor in any outward privilege, arising from natural descent and education; not in a man's self, in his own heart, which is deceitful; nor in any works of righteousness done by him; not in a profession of religion, or the duties of it, ever so well performed; not in graces, and the exercise of them; no, not in faith or trust itself: but in the Lord, the object of all grace, and in him only, Trust in him at all times; in times of affliction, temptation, and darkness: there is a great deal of reason for it; all power and strength are in him to help; his love, grace, and mercy, move him to it, And this trust in God should be "with all the heart", cordial and sincere.
and lean not unto thine own understanding;... or trust not to that; for it stands opposed to trusting in the Lord. Men should not depend upon their own wisdom and understanding, but should seek the direction and blessing of Providence, or otherwise will meet with disappointment; and, when they succeed, should ascribe it not to their own prudence and wisdom, but to the goodness of God; for "bread" is not always "to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding", Ecclesiastes 9:11; a natural man has no understanding of spiritual things, of the things of the Gospel, nor indeed any practical understanding of things moral, Romans 3:11, Jeremiah 4:22. The understanding of man is darkened by sin.. ...and therefore not to be leaned unto and depended on, but the word of God only is our rule of judgment, and the standard of our faith and practice; and to that we should have recourse and be directed by it, and not lean to our own understandings.
GOD BLESS YOUR DAY..
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