Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Let’s break down this life-changing truth to make sure we understand it.

 

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.

If you are a Christian, you trusted God for salvation. You can trust Him with the rest of your life, too–every detail.

 

Read part 2, Don’t Lean On Your Understanding



Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.

 

Instead, Acknowledge God. In Everything.

The antidote to this self-reliance is found in the first command of the verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Which is developed in the next verse: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” The word “acknowledge” isn’t merely a polite tip of the hat to the Man Upstairs, or a few words of grace over your meal, or even perfunctory attendance at church to let Him know we’re still cool with what He’s doing. It’s way more. It’s allowing Him access, control, command, and involvement in all your ways.

What’s the result of this? Will God ruin your life? Will he be a Sovereign Killjoy? Will He rob you of fun? The verse ends on a promise. What is it?

 

He will make your paths straight.

The promise is put in the form of a metaphor. What does it mean to have straight paths? Several things. First, paths lead toward an end–a destination, a goal. Thus, trusting God wholeheartedly in every area of life gives your life a sense of purpose and priority. Second, it indicates that there will be a clear understanding of where you are going and what you are doing. It makes daily decision-making an easier and less painful task. You realize you are trusting Him. He, in turn, is making your paths straight. Thus, the way ahead is more apparent. Third, “straight paths” suggests moral purity. It suggests a life that has less of sinful compromise and more of wholesome attitudes, actions, and behavior.

That’s the kind of life that God promises. It’s the kind of life that you can have. It begins with trust. It involves acknowledging God in every way.




 

October 9, 2011

I am a lay leader in my church, today I gave the sermon and I think it is something that everyone should hear or in this case read and hopefully aspire to do.

Good morning everyone, good to be here, good to be alive; thank god we are believers and members of the body of Christ or I should say brothers and sisters and as such we should encourage one another and build each other up, which is what we do when we pray for each other. Paul expressed this sentiment to the Thessalonians in I Thessalonians 5:11.  Paul also spoke to the Galatians (Galatians 6:2), where he said you should take on one another’s’ burden and so fulfill the law of Christ.  This idea of looking out for others was an important message that Paul delivered numerous times, in Philippians 2:4, he mentioned that one should not look out for his interest only, but take on or look out for the interest of others. In all of these Paul is telling the masses not to have only self-interest, but also have interest in others.

  • All the miracles that Jesus performed were for the interest and benefit of others
  • When our senior fellowship group sponsor a child, their donations enables that child and his or her family to eat a proper meal or have clean water to drink; the senior fellowship group has taken on the burden of another
  • When you donate to a food pantry, donate your time to a shelter, when you become a mentor to someone who is needy of that service – these show that you are taking interest in others.
  • Use your god-given talents to help others and bring joy to others
    • If you have a beautiful voice, then sing to bring pleasure to others
    • If you have organizational skills, offer time to a needy organization
    • If you have technical or other special skills offer some time when/where it is needed. An example of this is the individuals who operate our electronic equipments during our church service; they allow the congregation to enjoy a smooth flowing and melodious service.  When our organist is out, the technicians select and play the chosen music on the computer, while the choir sings; many times the congregation cannot tell that a live organist is not in the church. I said to the congregation “today is a perfect example; the organist is not here today, and the musical parts of the service were so transparent that we did not even skip a beat.   These technical people gave their time and talent so the congregation is having a wonderful service today”

Sometimes people will sit back and say, I don’t know what to do, or I can’t help myself, so, how am I going to help someone else?  We were all given some talent , you need to DIG DEEP to find it, go out of your comfort zone, do something out of the ordinary – Be of service to someone, for example Christmas is around the corner and we want to have a celebration program – We know that for years Elizabeth (our Christian Education Director) has offered her services, love,  and devotion to our children in this church – someone should go to her and ask What can I do to assist you with the Christmas program – she might need you to sew something or go over a verse with a child who needs a little individual attention.

You can

  • call a nursing home, inquire if they have a visitation program for occupants who have no visitors
  • Volunteer time for the boy scouts, girl scouts
  • Volunteer time at a school
  • If you can afford it help a teacher to purchase his or her classroom supplies (with the economy on a downturn, funding for many supplies have been cut and many teachers who are already underpaid, are squeezing their budget to buy supplies for their classrooms)

As members of the body of Christ, we need to learn to have empathy, not just sympathy.  Empathy allows us to feel what others feel, allows us to be in their shoes, thereby causing our reaction or assistance to be more meaningful and sincere.  Of course in all of this we need to be careful and take into account the times in which we live. As an example of what I mean, in the news this past week a good-Samaritan, a young lady, offered two teenage girls a ride from a gas station to their home because they were stranded. Upon reaching the area where they said they lived they got out of the car and asked the young lady to borrow her cell phone to make a call. The young lady sat, waiting on the girls to return the phone, she realized it was taking a while, so she got out of her car to find out what was wrong.  The girls beat her up, dragged her by her hair, stole her car, phone and left her just lying there in an unfamiliar place. Another good-Samaritan called the police for her. Later in reflecting what had happened, the young lady said she should have given the girls cab fare instead of offering them a ride.  Notice! she did not say she should not have helped them, but rather her assistance should have been in another form, where she should would not have endangered her well being.

Many times we say we will help or we are going to Do Something and then, we Do Nothing.  I John 3:18 put it this way, children let us not love on words nor tongue, but with action and truth.  Today’s contemporary saying would be that you should not only Talk the Talk, but also walk the Walk.  Amen