Proverbs 3:5–6 (NIV) 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.

  1. Let’s start at the end. What does it mean that our paths will be straight?
  2. Does this mean we can expect problem-free living? Can we expect more problems or fewer problems as we trust in the Lord?
  3. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Is that an emotional thing? What does it mean to trust in the Lord with all your heart?
  4. “The original term here in Proverbs 3:5 is batucha, which literally means to “trust in, feel safe, be confident, careless.” Careless—care-less, as in carefree. The TWOT goes on to explain that this word expresses the sense of well-being and security that results from having something or someone in whom to place confidence.”[1] Is Christian living care-free living?
  5. What is the difference between believing in God and trusting in God?
  6. When have you found it difficult to trust in the Lord?
  7. What part of your life are you trusting God for these days?
  8. Lean not on your own understanding. What place does our own thinking have?
  9. Is following God logical? Does it usually follow common sense?
  10. Submit to him. Is that easy or hard?
  11. What do we learn about God from this passage?
  12. If we come to believe—really believe—that God is a straight-path-creating God… Does that make it easier to submit to him?
  13. Let’s pray that God would help us to trust. We do believe; help our unbelief.


[1] Morgan, Robert J. 2012. All to Jesus. Nashville, TN: B&H Books.