Monday, December 7, 2015

Trust God and Then Trust Him Some More



Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

It strikes me that many of my recent posts have indirectly talked about trusting the Lord.  And it's about time we put that subject in the spotlight.  Is trusting the Lord easy? Not on your life!  Is it something that comes quickly?  Not a chance!  Can those answers be changed?  Absolutely!  And, hopefully, something we share will help you get there quicker than I did.


The subject of trust and trusting God has come up in conversation for lots of us,  And I doubt that I'm alone in sometimes getting a retort that it's easy for me to talk about trusting God because I didn't go through (fill in the blank).  And, if we shared something the same or worse we had experienced, the retort was "Well it didn't affect you the way it did me!".  Because, until someone is ready to stop wallowing in the "poor me's", whatever they went through has to be the worst possible, whether it's a totaled car or a broken finger nail.  And it's hard to overcome because we've all done it.  And we identify.  At least I've fallen into the trap.

Our verse nails it all down.  When we rely on our own perceptions and conclusions, we tend to try to fix things we can't fix and give up on things we could have solved.  And we do that because our trust has been placed in something other than God.  It might be ourselves, other people or things we desire.  But we leave God out.

Joshua 1:9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

That's God talking to Joshua, as he led the Israelites.  That's one heck of a promise.  One we can hang onto, too.  But look at what He says in the preceding verses.

Joshua 1:6-8  Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.  Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Prosperity and success come out of trusting God!  Yes, God had promised the Promised Land.  But He's not offering them a prosperity Gospel in the way some ministries have twisted Scripture.  It's precisely "thy way prosperous".  In other words, whatever comes their way, they'll get through it successfully.  It could be a prosperity test, poverty, health issues, family turmoil, or just about anything.  The success is mental, emotional, and spiritual.  And the law, the Torah, isn't intended to restrict them.  God says it's what will free them to be spiritual successes.

Psalm 84:11-12  For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

The Psalmists certainly recognized the need to trust God.  There are ten separate references in the Psalms to the benefits of trusting God.  Along with other mentions in other books of the Bible.  We were built to trust God and let Him handle things, until we twisted our very nature out of whack with Original Sin.  And think about how that happened.  Adam and Eve shifted their trust to a serpent and a forbidden fruit, neither of which would do what they needed.  So they became self reliant instead of God reliant.  And we tend to follow suit.

We need to follow the directions given to Joshua and allow the Word to build up our trust in God. That should be easier for us.  They had five books, we have sixty six!  But the focus is laid out for us in our starting verse.

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

What are you leaning on, today?

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