Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
   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.

How many times have we got on a bus, in a taxi or on an airplane and trusted that the driver or pilot would take us where we wanted to go safely, efficiently and arrive at the expected time. I expect we did so almost every time or we wouldn’t have gone on the trip. We might say a little prayer asking God for safe passage or a smooth ride or flight.  When we arrived safely we might have said a little prayer of thanks or breathed a sigh of relief if we had a tight connection to make. But what if the taxi or bus broke down or the plane was delayed and we were stuck without a way to get to our destination.  Would we start to complain or get mad.  If we did in those situations how would we handle an even more difficult or challenging situation?

I think that the two verses above in Proverbs are really getting down to the core of how we should live as Christians. Do we completely trust the LORD with all our heart no matter what we may encounter? If the plane is delayed or the bus breaks down do we trust the LORD to look out for us.   Do we lean on what we think we know or do we trust the LORD no matter what happens? In everything we experience, happiness, joy, pain, suffering, and trials do we trust in the LORD and acknowledge Him?

Romans 8:28 tells us that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them tho are called to His purpose.”  God loves us, you and me.  He is working for our good and we have to trust Him on that. He always comes through for our good...but we forget when He did in our lives or the lives of someone we know.  We start to question why this or that didn’t go as we wanted or expected. I know I am guilty of questioning what God is doing when things don’t seem to go right.  That’s the problem, isn’t it. Proverbs 3 verses 5 and 6 don’t ask us to question God about a situation I or we are in, they simply and wonderfully say trust the LORD with all our heart and don’t lean on our own understanding.

Trying to out think God is crazy but we all do it sometimes. The prophet Job certainly did by asking God to answer some of Job’s very presumptuous questions.  God graciously appears to Job (chapters 38-42) and sets Job straight but not without bringing Job a dramatic and thorough understanding of who God is. It is very interesting to read.  In the end Job gains a right understanding of God and grasps His majesty, omnipotence, and love.

Fortunately, we do not have to encounter God the way Job did to tell us who he is, to tell us to trust Him and say that he loves us. We have God’s word, redemption through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit within us to help us trust in the LORD and in all our ways acknowledge Him.

Very Respectfully,

Matthew Schneider

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