Posted by: missionventureministries | March 31, 2014

TRUST IN THE LORD – Proverbs 3:5-6

Proverb 3 vs 5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

We must trust in the Lord with all our heart, which means to have complete confidence in Him; it is trust that makes us prepared to put our entire lives into God’s hands.This is why James 1:5-7 says that God will give wisdom to those who ask in faith without doubting. We cannot trust God with our whole hearts and at the same time doubt that He will provide us with His wisdom.  

We need wisdom from God so that we can live each day in a vibrant and holy manner; we want our lives to reflect His honor and glory in everything that we say, think and do. God will give His wisdom to everyone who will humble themselves and receive it by faith.

It is easy to put our full trust in God when things are going well. How committed however are we in our trust when circumstances get difficult or move too slowly for our liking? How about when situations don’t take the turn we expected? How do we trust when things do not make sense to us? 1 Peter 5:7 says that we are to cast all our anxiety upon Him, because He cares for us.

Second, we are told lean not on your own understanding. We must recognize our weakness and our dependency upon God and look to Him who alone is sufficient. Trust must be transferred from our own human abilities and intellect to the power and wisdom of God.

There will be things that we just won’t understand because we won’t see the whole picture as God sees. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts,” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God sees the whole picture, while we only see what is happening in our space, therefore, we must trust Him.

Third, in all your ways acknowledge Him. Acknowledging God is not a casual, “I know You are there”. It is seeking His direction, asking for His guidance, desiring His wisdom and wanting to know His instruction in every aspect of our lives. In order to truly acknowledge God in this way we need to be humble before Him and recognize that He alone has perfect understanding. We need to admit our need for His guidance.

How is God acknowledged in our decisions? How aware are we of Him in every circumstance? Before we make decisions, do we pray for direction? During the process, do we continually seek His guidance? After the fact, does He get the praise and glory?

Remember that the Lord said: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8)

Fourth He will make your paths straight. This means that God will be with us every step of the way sustaining us and giving us grace to do what He asks of us. It means that He will make us spiritually effective and efficient in doing His work as He opens and closes doors. As we walk in His wisdom, we will see where we should go and what we should do.

Are we dependent on God? How great is our need for Him? Do we need His guidance and protection to keep our path straight? Have we ever followed our own path? How did we do on our own?

And the LORD said: “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Every person must make a decision whether to live his or her life according to personal preference or according to the unchanging Word of God. We often will not understand how God is causing “all things to work together for good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28), but when we trust Him with all our hearts, we know that He will never fail us for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

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