Trust In The Lord

November 8, 2015

                                 Trust In The Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “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.

This is a commandment of the Lord that we had best respect and obey.  The verse says that it is an act of the heart.  Proverbs 23:26 says, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”  We don’t find it difficult to put our trust in those we love.  It is even easier to trust in those who love us.

The word “trust” means to put confidence in.  The Lord is worthy of our trust.  He is the Supreme Being.  Nothing is impossible with him.  That doesn’t mean he will do anything we ask him to do for us.

In Matthew 21:22 we have the promise “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”  I John 5:14 puts a limit on that promise.  It says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us.”  If we don’t receive all we ask for we shouldn’t stop trusting God. We should trust that he will give us that which is good for us.  Once I read of a woman who confessed, “If God had given me everything I asked him for I would have married the wrong man three times.”

In Verse six it says we should acknowledge him in all our ways.  We need to concede that he has a right to do what he wants to with us.  We really haven’t started trusting in him with all our hearts until we are willing to let him direct our paths.  These two verses in Proverbs could well be studied along with Psalm 37:3-5.  The promises of God are for those who are willing to commit their way unto the Lord.  We need to let him direct us in the path we should take.  God has a plan for all those who are his.  If they will let him direct their paths, little by little, he will show to them what his plan is for their lives.

It is unfortunate that many in our day are leaning to their own understanding.  They have been induced to accept an ideology of life that is detrimental to our society.  Men are encouraged to avoid the entanglement of a marriage relationship.  Women are encouraged to have a career and not be tied down with the responsibility of being a mother and a homemaker.  That doesn’t rule out sex.  It is a natural desire on the part of both men and women.  Children are either aborted or left in the care of nannies. They aren’t brought up with the nurture of loving parents. The result is that they aren’t rightly oriented to life and are a menace to society.

Another result is that the population isn’t being replenished.  On average, women need to bear 2.3 children just to maintain the population.  In the plan of God, the rightful place for the women is in the home.  Titus 2:4-5 says, “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,   to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”  The rightful place for men is in the workforce.  I Timothy 5:7-8 says “And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.   But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

How can we let God direct our path?  Primarily it comes by being obedient to what the Bible says.  That means we need to keep reading the Bible, and gain knowledge from it.  How many people have you known who made a disaster of their lives by obeying Bible teaching?  I have yet to meet one.  Another way to have God’s direction is by praying and seeking God’s will.  He will give you peace about doing something if it is his will for you.

Life is complicated.  We all need direction.  God offers to give it to us.  His direction is the best there is.  Why do you rely on your own understanding when you can have divine direction?  The only way to safely rely on your own understanding is to fully understand that only God can be trusted to direct your path.  Therefore, we need to trust in the Lord with all our hearts.

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