“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Proverbs 3 wants to make clear to us how important it is that we know His truth with all our heart and mind (understanding). It starts in verse 1:
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments”
Here YHWH speaks to His sons and daughters, to you and to me: do not forget what I teach you in My Word. If you want to remember something, then you print it in your head: in your mind. But we also have to ‘write them upon the table of our heart’ (verse 3). His truth must be in our heart. And we have to come in action to realize this: we have to ‘write’ them ourselves. It is up to us whether – and to what extent – we fill our heart and mind with His truth, or with lies and delusions from the heart and mind of man of this world. The latter is ‘wisdom’ of man, who thinks he is ‘wise in his own eyes’ (verse 7). And that is the ‘evil’ that we must depart from (verse 7). Because it is a curse, verse 33:
“The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.”
The spiritual meaning of house in the Bible refers to our mind (1). So here it says that the curse of YHWH is on the mind of the wicked, but that He will bless the mind of the just. We are blessed if His truth is in us, and cursed if His truth is not in us. Because of man’s disobedience – not listening to His truth – the earth (world) is cursed (Genesis 3:17). So if we fill our mind with ‘wisdom’ of the world, then we actually fill our mind with a curse. Important to realize!
But when we fill our heart and mind with His truth (wisdom), we are called ‘happy’ (verse 13). Then we gain understanding (verse 13). And then our ways and paths are is pleasant and peace (verse 17). For if His thoughts become our thoughts, then His ways become our ways (Isaiah 55:8). If we trust Him with all our heart, fill our heart with His truth (understanding) and not with ‘truth’ of man, then He shall direct our path (verses 5-6). Heart and mind expresses how we live.
And then we are not only ‘happy’ for ourselves, but according to verse 18 we even become a tree of life for those who lay hold upon us! His truth in our mind and heart gives us the 100-fold life (parable of the sower, Matthew 13) of the tree of life (2) and we pass it on to everyone who lays hold upon us, to everyone we may teach about His Kingdom that is within us (Luke 17:21).