“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV).
Contemporary science teaches that the human heart is made-up of muscular tissue. Like other muscles of the body, the cardiac (heart) muscle stretches and contracts, reacts to outside stimuli, and can be exercised. Throughout much of history the heart has been further portrayed as the center of human emotion. Love and passion, therefore, are said to spring forth from the well that is the heart.
The author of the third chapter of Proverbs, most likely Solomon, tells us to trust in God with all our heart. Such trust is faith, which the Bible defines as “…confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV). As we confidently trust in God and his promises, we have hope and assurance, not in what we can see, but in the divine mysteries of our LORD expressed most accurately through Christ.
The Christian cannot rely on his own limited understanding concerning the character and promises of God. God, however, reveals himself to us through Scripture. The Holy Spirit informs, enlightens, and makes our paths straight.