“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not
unto thine own understanding.”
he human intellect relies upon "understanding" to discern the best course for the future. In this verse, the word used for "understanding" (binah) derives from a word that refers to the idea of "interval," or "space between" (bayin). The word suggests, then, that intellectual understanding involves a sense of discrimination or discernment between things -- usually in terms of temporal sequences and logical connections.
he attitude of trust, on the other hand, refers to a self-consciously chosen inner disposition of the heart (lev or inmost self) that passionately depends upon the ability and grace of God to guide one in relation to the temporal sequences and connections of life. Trust involves the whole person and is manifest as an inner act of will that believes God for the future fulfillment of hope.
Human understanding attempts to predict, anticipate, and infer relationships between events, but we are to trust in the Lord with all of our heart. Only God can adequately discern our future path and lead us into the victory of faith.
Trust in the LORD