Posted by: missionventureministries | January 1, 2012

TRUSTING 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 your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

To trust in the Lord with all our heart is the key to our relationship with God and we know that this can only be accomplished through faith in His Son. To trust is to rely on God, to trust the righteousness of His ways and seek to be guided by them in every circumstance in our lives.

Throughout the book of Proverbs we read about the reward of trusting in the Lord as opposed to the ineffectiveness of resting in our own wisdom and seeking our own way. From the beginning, God designed us to have a dependency upon Him. Every decision of each day needs the counsel of God, who instructs and guides us if we will let Him do so; and God promises to communicate in return. The fall in the Garden of Eden was precipitated when Adam and Eve sought to live independently of God, and this human independence continues at the heart of sinful rebellion to this day.

Self-sufficiency and self-dependence have been the ruin of mankind ever since the fall. The grand sin of the human race is their continual endeavor to live independently of God as people ignore the Lord in the things they do.

Entire trust in God is the only sound position for Christians to take. God is all knowledgeable and all powerful, and foresees the troubles that come upon man. For anyone to rely on his own understanding is foolishness indeed.

If we are faithful to read God’s Word, study it, meditate on it, and obey it, God will guide us. The Holy Spirit teaches us (John 14:26; 16:13-14) and directs us when we pray and seek the Lord’s will. It is our responsibility to place ourselves in the Lord’s hands, through surrender, through study of His Word, through fellowship with Him in prayer and through uniting ourselves with others who are like-minded in Christ Jesus.

Trusting God, relying and resting in Him is what our focus needs to be. When we have a decision we need to make, we always need to go before the Lord, because He knows what is best for us. We need to remember not to lean on our own understanding. We must trust in the Lord completely in every decision we make. We must not be wise in our own eyes. We should always be willing to listen to and be corrected by God’s Word and wise counsel. We need to bring our decisions to God in prayer, using the Bible as our guide, and follow God’s leading and “He will make our paths straight” by guiding and protecting us.

Abraham and his nephew Lot were wealthy and had vast herds of sheep and cattle. However, because the land was not able to support them both, and their herdsmen were quarreling with each other, they decided to go separate ways.  Even though Abraham was older and had the right to make first choice, he allowed Lot to choose which part of the country to settle. Lot could have done a number of things in response to Abraham’s generous offer.  He could have deferred to Abraham out of respect. He could have asked Abraham’s advice and most importantly He could have taken time to consult with God. Instead, he impulsively chose the fertile plains of the Jordan River for himself (Genesis 13:11) and sealed his fate.  By pitching his tents near Sodom, Lot came into contact with more trouble and more evil then he was prepared to handle.  He eventually fell captive to the king of Elam, and Abraham had to go and rescue him.

Like Lot and many others in the Bible, we also will try to choose our life’s direction on our own. Those who have not learned to trust the Lord, have the same tendency to go for the quick fix, the first thing that looks good, without taking time to consider our motives, our past history, and the potential consequences. 

Lot‘s decision led him into many battles and situations that brought him much unnecessary sorrow.  Allowing God to direct His choice would have been much wiser.  Our downfall comes when we fail to draw strength and wisdom from God and to consult Him when making choices.  He is there for us, to guide and direct us, if we will only let Him. 

As we begin a New Year let us remember to trust in the Lord instead of self and acknowledge His supremacy in everything we do, and we can be assured that He will make our paths straight.


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