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Trust in the Lord

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

profileSome things are hard to understand in life.  I just experienced my 40th High School reunion last weekend and some of us have aged – lol.  Hard to understand how it has been 40 years since we walked the halls of High School together.  Talking with some of my classmates – life has taken some turns for the good and for the not so good.  Some of our classmates didn’t make it to this 40th reunion – already having their journey on earth ended.  Some things are hard to understand – even when we spend a lot of time trying to understand.

In 35 plus years of ministry I have had to help a number of people understand that our understanding is not all that and that we should rely on a higher power for sure.  When a child is born with a special need – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  When a person has taken their life – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  When a marriage fails – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  When a child dies unexpectedly in a crib at night or from a disease – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  When a young mother or father succumbs to a disease – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  When called in the middle of the night because a young person was just lost in a car accident – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  And I could go on and on.  When I have or someone else has yielded to the same temptation – again – I have understood that my understanding is not very deep.  Life has some difficult moments and being in ministry – I have experienced much of it with folks and with my own family.

I’m not suggesting that God gave me insight in many of these times for sure as I tried to rely on His understanding rather than mine – but seeking His face and desiring His grace is all I have at times – because my understanding is so weak.

Proverbs often seem disjointed statements to me.  Often a statement in the midst of other statements stands out for me.  It is almost like a collection of wise statements – often – without what seems like connection to me.  Here is today’s passage in partial context – a context that I think connects well together.  Proverbs 3:1-8 – 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

Trusting in the Lord is all we have at times my dear readers.  Placing His words on our heart – in our minds – remembering His teachings and His faithfulness.  Here are some promises I hold onto when I have a hard time understanding.

Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

1 Chronicles 16:34 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Matthew 11:28-29 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:38-39 – 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 10:9 – That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

2 Corinthians 5:7 – We live (walk) by faith, not by sight.

What are some of your favorites?  What truths in the Scriptures do you cling to when your understanding won’t cut it?  Share some with us today – because we should – trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 14, 2013 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Thank you for your post. I am at a place in my life where faith is ALL I have left..Yes, family is ok & health is good but when you at the brink of things around you are breaking down, I too realize that my understanding is NOT deep enough.. I pray for strength through these tough times & focus on HIS WORD!

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    Comment by Dave | August 14, 2013 | Reply

    • Dave – I will keep you in my prayers and pray that God’s understanding will fill you and be enough for sure.

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      Comment by raymcdonald | August 14, 2013 | Reply

  2. Our son had to be hospitalized when he was a young teen. It was very expensive. I remember being panicked at seeing the bill for his care. But one miracle after another happened, showing me that God was watching over our financial challenge. It gave me tremendous peace to see this occur. A verse that helped me: “Be still and know that I am God.”

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    Comment by Favorite Son | August 15, 2013 | Reply

    • What a great memory brother. God reveals God’s self if we will just seek His face – while desiring His grace.

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      Comment by raymcdonald | August 15, 2013 | Reply


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