Trust in the Lord!
By Pastor Dennis Tarr
“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)
This is one of my favorite Scriptures. It is one of the first verses in the Bible that I memorized as a little boy. It was also my mother’s favorite verse. It’s the kind of Scripture that we like to quote regularly and then disregard immediately afterward.
If you are a follower of Jesus, you have come to know that we are to trust God with all our heart and not depend on our own understanding. But so often, when faced with something really extraordinary and inexplicable, something we are unable to figure out, then the “trust in the Lord” part tends to be tossed out the window, and we become fearful, and sometimes even angry at God.
“What’s this all about, Lord? Where have you gone? Why have you forsaken me?” Sound familiar? Ever been there? Whenever we raise those questions it shows we are still leaning on our own understanding. But the passage means exactly what it says: “Don’t lean on your own understanding.” Stop thinking that your view of things is all there is. If what you’re going through right now doesn’t make immediate sense, then assume without further fretfulness that this is the very situation referred to in the passage.
So what’s the solution? Acknowledge God in all your ways. Recognize and admit openly that he is in charge of everything and knows exactly what’s at stake and what needs to be done. Confess his sovereignty over every detail of life and wait for him patiently to come and deliver you in his time and in his way. Read and pray the Psalms – the prayer book of the Bible. Try remembering your favorite hymns and songs of praise. Praise him and thank him that he is going to rescue and deliver you.
If we’ll do that, the rest is up to him. It’s his job, not ours, to make our paths straight. It’s important to get this right as soon as possible, so that we don’t have to keep repeating our course on “Faith 101.”
Here’s how The Message translates Proverbs 3: 4 & 5:
“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume you know it all.”
Be blessed as you put your trust in the Lord!