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Trust in the Lord
Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
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 shall direct your paths
History Behind These Verses
These verses are found in the book of Proverbs. The Hebrew word for proverb means “comparison, similar, or parallel. The ideas found in Proverbs relate directly to this definition by comparing the ways of wisdom to the ways of foolishness. Throughout Proverbs, we are told that the way of wisdom will lead to life and the way of foolishness will lead to destruction and death.
The key word in the Book of Proverbs is “wisdom,” meaning: the ability to live life skillfully. To live a godly life in an ungodly world, is rather difficult sometimes. Solomon, the author of many of the proverbs, knew how difficult life could be. As a way to help guide other believers, he documented his wisdom. During his lifetime it is said that he authored over 3,000 wisdom statements. Some of Solomon's God-given wisdom statements were placed in the Bible by the Holy Spirit Himself. The Holy Spirit wants these proverbs to help guide each one of us even today. This wisdom does not expire!
If you spend time reading and studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, you will find that Solomon provides us with knowledge and Godly instruction for every area of our lives: our children, our parents, our work, our money, our free time, etc. Basically any advice we need is found in this very important book of the Bible.
Our scripture for this week, Proverbs 3: 5-6, encourages us to follow the way of wisdom. In other words, we should be familiar with what God would want us to do in any situation that we may encounter. One of the best ways to actually walk in wisdom is to actually study the book of Proverbs and apply what we learn to our everyday lives.
There are necessary steps that one must follow to gain Godly wisdom. First a person must acquire KNOWLEDGE by studying God's Word. Second, that person must apply that acquired knowledge to fitting situations in their lives. There is a process to gain wisdom. One must actually DO what they have learned! It does no good to read and study God's Word if we are not going to apply what we learn to our lives!
Knowing the Bible but not APPLYING its wisdom to our lives would be just plain silly! It would be like studying for years to become a master chef, then choose to serve your dinner guests spam sandwiches!!! Unless a master chef puts his/her culinary knowledge to use, it is simply wasted knowledge!
To trust- firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.
(to lean our whole weight upon)
In these verses we are told to place our whole weight upon God.
Connection to Our Lives
Have you ever noticed how infants are born with a fear of falling? I have seen many newborn babies jerk their arms out as a response whenever they do not feel secure. As I was thinking about this, I began to wonder why God would give ALL of us this instinct. I soon realized that He gave it to us OUT OF LOVE!
Where else but from God would this fear come from? As babies, we spend nine months floating around in our mother's womb having no idea what "falling" even feels like. Then, as soon as we enter this world we have a "natural born" fear of falling! We have never even fallen yet, but we are born with this fear!
In our infancy, we learn to trust in our parents to hold us securely. We find that the moments when we are in their arms are the moments that we feel the safest. We soon realize that the feel of our guardian's arms around us gives us peace in all unsure times, so we begin to run and reach out to our parents even more frequently.
We then grow and begin placing more faith in ourselves and our own abilities. We slowly stop reaching for our parents as much. This is a healthy response in the physical world, BUT not so in the spiritual world! As I ponder this fear even more I begin to come to the realization that GOD Himself must GIVE us this natural born "fear of falling" out of LOVE! I think GOD wants us to ALWAYS feel the need to REACH for HIM. Reaching for HIM actually helps us to build our TRUST in HIM!!! We were not created to ever OUTGROW the need to reach for our HEAVENLY FATHER!
Why is it so hard for us to reach for God???
I am going to read this verse again and visualize myself being held (swaddled) in my Heavenly Father's ENORMOUS and EVER LOVING ARMS!!!! I am going to visualize Him rocking me. I am going to visualize Him singing to me!!!
I challenge YOU to do the same! Reread Proverbs 3:5-6 and visualize God HOLDING YOU!!!
Our Heavenly Father LOVES US SO VERY MUCH!!!!
We were not created to OUTGROW our need for GOD!!!! Let yourself TRUST in Him today!!! He really does want you to lean your whole weight on Him- GOD WILL HOLD YOU!!!