What if those around you won’t believe until they see it? What if they can’t take your word for it but need some real evidence before they believe? What if they can’t trust you because they can’t see it? What if they can’t trust you until they can see evidence of it in and through you? Are you living a life that shows evidence? Are you living a life where you are putting your trust in Him? Is there anything special or different about how you live that would be evidence? Is there anything special in the way you speak, the way you act, the way you engage that is pointing other to your Heavenly Father?
Today’s reading says this…
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
–from Proverbs 3
Let’s take this verse apart and see what we can learn.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
- It’s not all about you! Just because we have been hurt and feel like the only one we can depend on is ourselves, we need to realize the lie and how that is just a way to try and rob the joy and truth from us! We need to unlearn that lesson so that we can trust in God and live the life He created us and is calling us to live! It’s may not be easy and probably means we need to work at it each and every day!
- Not sure how? Cry out to God! Use your words and your mind to connect with Him! It’s not about routine or rituals, it’s about a living relationship with Him! So pray without ceasing! Talk to Him throughout the day (verbally or in your head – He can hear you either way)! When we talk to him, He hears us! Trust in God!
- Run from evil! Resist the temptations! Don’t let the things of the world clutter up your mind and keep you from receiving and living out all that God has for you! In the Bible, you may read about this in terms like desires of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life! Don’t try to live like you know it all! Ever heard the more you know, the more you know you don’t know? You might know a lot, but God knows it all! Are there bad influences in your life that are trying to take you down the wrong path(s)? Replace it by pursuing after God’s Ways! Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, and a pure heart! Evil may tempt you and it may feel good a little while, but in the long run, it will just bring pain, suffering, bondage, chains (even if only invisible)! Trust in God!
- I’ve said this in other posts, but getting our priorities straight is key! When I went through the exercise in trying to straighten out my life, what I had to do was put God first! Putting God first and letting Him take care of the rest is Biblical! If we put Him first then we will see needs around us, we will allow our hearts to be sensitive to His prompting to do something for that person on the corner, for that person in the office who looks distraught, for that person you pass on the street who looks to be having a rough day, for someone other than yourself! And those actions and activities will help to build up your hope and trust! Consider what Jesus came and did for us! How will you allow your finances to show you trust Him? Will you give Him a tithe? Yes, really, will you give him 10% and trust Him to bless you with 90%? Do you realize how big this is? Do you realize what He can do if He knows He can trust you to be a good steward? Proverbs 3 says something else around trust in verses 9-10:
- 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
- When we live giving Him the first 10%, the best 10%, it shows we really do trust Him!
- But don’t just be going through the checklist or the motions! We need to be doing it out of love and trust in Him! Consider your heart and your mind against what God’s measuring stick is! Consider yourself not better than you are, but aligned against God’s Word! Let’s not be about excuses, but rather let’s be about seeking truth! We need to be in a constant walk with Jesus, because honestly in our own strength, we couldn’t do it! The 10 commandments aren’t here to help us get God’s approval, they are for us to realize we need a savior! The good news is that Jesus is our savior! He came the sinless lamb of God and gave His life that we could be saved and reconciled to God! We will be able to get into heaven, not because we are all that and a bag of candy, but rather because we are following after Jesus and asking Him to be our source and our guide! Jesus calls us to be above average and to that we need to trust Him even more! The 10 commandments are average and if we don’t try to do better then we will find in society that the average will start going down! If we start to head the wrong, we need to have a way to be held accountable! We need to stand up! We need to stand firm! When we are being tempted or tested, we need to stand firm and put on the full armor of God! We need to resist the devil and he will flee! We need to be comparing ourselves against truth, not a wishy washy truth, but a truth that never changes, and that comes from God’s Word! We need to receive the correction and the discipline of God to help us stay aligned! We need to hide God’s Word in our hearts and mind so that when the trickster, the tempter tries to deceive us we can stand up and stand firm and resist his lies!
- I like to put it this way… listen to the quiet voice that prompts you to do right! I have had one experience where I heard the loud booming voice and don’t recommend you keep going till you hear it! I recommend when the voice of the Holy Spirit (the still quiet voice) prompts you to do something that you walk in alignment and obedience to God’s Word and the Spirit’s prompting! When you here “psst … do …” (which is in alignment to God’s Word) you should do it! I have gotten better, but not perfect this yet! Be it, “see that person over there, go ask them how are they are doing, go ask them if they are ok, …” Rather than sluffing it off and needing a 2×4 type of memo or a loud booming voice that says “you will be … or you will be nothing!” Do you trust Him? Then do what He asks! Do you trust Him? Then don’t wait for the big loud booming voice and miss out the incredible blessings He is setting up to do in and through you! Do you trust Him? Then live a life that will demonstrate to others that you do! I remember another time when I was to go out and find someone on the street and take them out for dinner! I went and found nobody, and then on my way back to the hotel, I walked passed a man and made it to the stop light where I heard that still quiet voice say “really, you walked right past that man” so I went back and talked to him and he declined saying there were a bunch of people who were more needy than him and then said God bless and let me go! I went to the hotel, dropped off my bags and stuff and then went out again on the search. The man was gone! To this day, I feel he was an angel to make sure I was really going to go through with it! I did find a gentlemen and took him out for a steak dinner! That evening in France, God allowed me to hear this man’s story and to speak hope and life into his life through first feeding his stomach and then filling his heart and mind with love and hope! The Holy Spirit moved that day in a way that just continued to build up my trust in God!
- Every day will have enough stresses and pressures for us to worry about! We don’t need to be worrying about tomorrow! We need to just rest in God’s love! God cares! If it is big enough for you to care about it, then God cares about it too! So allow Him to lighten the load and give it up to Him! God doesn’t leave us or abandon us! He doesn’t want us to have to fend for ourselves! So cast your cares on Him because He cares for you! God will help us get through them! He will build up our trust! He will strengthen us through each experience! I know when I learned the power of forgiveness, it transformed me! It made it so that rather than looking back at what ifs, I now am looking forward to what’s next! It’s not an easy process, however, God will prove Himself trustworthy!
The rest of the verses speaks some wisdom into the situation!
…do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
It speaks to the benefits and the results and the outcome of walking in alignment with Him! We don’t have all the answers, so we need to go to the one who does! When we acknowledge Him before men and women, He will acknowledge us before the heavenly Father! When we walk in alignment and in trust with Him, we may make some plans, but He will guide our steps!
Today’s Devotion titled “God at Work” (day 1) speaks into this verse in the following way:
Trust the Lord in Everything
On most days, if you spend time with me, at some point you will hear me say, “I trust the Lord in everything.” I’m reminding myself that part of loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength gets down to the very practical matter of trusting Him constantly, continuously, and consciously. Like, every day, all day. I’m practicing the discipline required to not lean on my own understanding and to actively acknowledge the Lord in all my ways.
Now, the opening phrase of Proverbs 3:5 is “Trust in the LORD.” The most important word in that phrase is not trust (even though it’s the verb). The crucial, weighty word in both those phrases is LORD. You see, if I’m trying to have a robust and powerful trust in a tiny, pretty much unable and weak God who needs to be pumped up by my trust, I’ve got nothing. But even if the best I can muster up is a mustard seed of trust and faith in the awesome (the only truly correct use for this adjective) God of the universe, then I’ve got something going on!
Trusting the Lord isn’t hard as long as you are scoped into the Lord you trust. When the concern shifts to trying to measure the power, strength, or endurance of your trust itself, you’re already in trouble. But when your attention is daily turned to Him, seeking to know Him better and better, eager to worship Him and be with others who want to worship Him, trusting becomes part of the response.
I trust the Lord in everything. I know that trust isn’t much on its own some days. But that’s OK—because I’m trusting the LORD in everything. And that’s who really matters!
Prayer: Father, I trust You in everything! Help me in those times when I notice just how weak and insignificant my trust is! I welcome You into every corner of my life, Lord, so that no matter where I am and what I am doing, behind it all I am trusting You in everything. In Jesus’ trustworthy name, Amen.