Trust in the Lord

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Focus Scripture
 
Proverbs 3: 5-6 (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.  Wisdom means having the ability to live life successfully.  This requires us to live a life following God’s direction.  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.  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 the 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 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!  


Monday  Key Words:

Trust in God    

Proverbs 3:5-6 (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.   
 
Definition of trust: noun to place a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. (to lean our whole weight upon)  


Connection to Us    

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?  
 
Let’s read this verse again and visualize being held (swaddled) in our Heavenly Father’s ENORMOUS and EVER LOVING ARMS.  Let’s visualize Him rocking us.  Let’s visualize Him singing to us.
 
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 TRULY WILL HOLD YOU!  


Tuesday   Key Words:

Your Own Understanding    

Proverbs 3:5-6 (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.  

Definition of understanding:  noun the original Hebrew word used in the verse was binah which comes from the word between. The word binah is used to mean the ability to know the difference between the real and the unreal and the true from the false.  
 
In other words, we are not to rely on our own ability to determine what our true reality is.  Our limited brains and ungodly outside influences oftentimes warp our sense of reality.  Genuine understanding comes from God.  

He already knows our past, present, and future, and HE knows how to get us to exactly where we need to be.  We must trust in Him.  We must never think that we can accomplish reaching our ultimate goals in life WITHOUT first relying on God to guide us!  
 
Definition of lie:

noun a false statement made with deliberate intent to deceive; an intentional untruth; a falsehood.  


Connection to Us  
 
Sadly, we have all been told a lie in our lifetime.  The danger comes when because of our limited understanding, we believe the lie.  As soon as the belief sets in, we set the wheels in motion to react to the lie.  This is what this verse is guiding us against.  
 
When a person believes in a false reality, many times they do crazy things to try to change that reality.  Unfortunately, they usually get hurt in this process and many times they also hurt others around.  Much of the pain in our lives could be avoided if we would just learn to lean on God for our reality.  
 
As adults, I believe that most of our false realities stem from feeling unloved. Some of us accept that lie and then begin living as if we are truly unloved.  We begin to believe that we will only feel happy and fulfilled if we have just the right spouse or partner.  

In reality we are completely LOVED whether we are single, happily married, or in a troubled marriage.  We are able to truly feel happy and genuinely loved no matter our marital status once we realize that we were not created to be “filled” by another human’s love.  We need to understand and believe that the only love that will completely FILL us is God’s LOVE!   
 
The love of our partners and spouses is wonderful, it is a true gift from God, but it is only a gift. It is not meant to complete us in any way, shape, or form.  We are complete whether we have the perfect spouse or not (If we allow ourselves to be filled with God’s LOVE)  
 
For anyone considering an affair:  An affair is NEVER the answer!  Do not believe the lie that the devil is feeding you.  That other person is NOT the answer to your happiness.  You both are being used by Satan at this very moment.  These false feelings are temporary.  

The more you act on them the more these false feelings will grow, BUT THEY WILL END.  If you choose to not act on them, this lie will end with no damage done, BUT as soon as you decide to act on this lie, THE FEELINGS WILL STILL END but with a trail of destruction left behind.  
 
DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES!   


Wednesday  Key Words:

Acknowledge Him  

Proverbs 3:5-6 (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.   
 
Definition of acknowledge: verb to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of.    The Hebrew word for “acknowledge” (yada) means to get to know someone by observing, reflecting and experiencing that person.  


In order to truly acknowledge God, we must know Him. To truly KNOW Him we must spend time with Him each and every day.  This Bible Stories from the Heart Bible Study is a perfect way to help with this.  Spending time each day closely observing scripture and reflecting upon key words is helping us to learn so much more about the character of God.  
 
We are not rushing through our daily reading. Instead, we are allowing the Word of God to soak into our hearts.   As this continues to happen, our relationship with Our Heavenly Father will deepen. As our relationship grows, it will become even easier to truly acknowledge Him.  
 
The more we acknowledge Him, the more we will truly believe that HE really does know best!  
 
Connection to Us  
 
When we acknowledge someone, we are in essence letting them know how important they are to us.  We are showing them that we value and respect their opinion, and that we deeply appreciate all that they do for us.  


I am sure many of us know how terrible it feels to be overlooked or even ignored by the people we care about.  As bad as this makes us feel, imagine how it must hurt God when we do the same towards Him.  
 
No one on this earth has or will ever love you us much as God does!  He is so devoted to us. He cares so deeply for each one of us.  He loves us so much that He had is only begotten Son die for us!  


I bet none of the people we normally turn to for advice has done that for us!  
So, why in the world is it so easy for us to follow the advice of other people instead our Heavenly Father?  


Why are we so quick to ignore God’s wisdom and guidance?  


Let’s make this our prayer for today:  


Dear Heavenly Father, I know deep in my heart that you love me more than I will ever be able to fathom. Please help me to trust you more.  Please forgive me for not always acknowledging Your love and direction for my life.

Please forgive me for following advice in my past that has led me away from you.  I have learned that if I want to stay close to you I need to follow the path you have for me. Please help me learn to be more dependent on you.  

Help me learn to be more obedient to your voice. Thank you for always wanting what’s best for me.  I LOVE and NEED you desperately!  

 

Thursday Key Words:  

Direct Your Paths    

Proverbs 3:5-6 (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.   
 
Definition of direct: verb aim (something) in a particular direction or at a particular person  
 
Definition of paths: noun routes, courses, or tracks along which something moves  
 Connection to Us
 
As we focus on these key words, let’s look closely at the word paths.  It is a plural word, meaning there is more than one path.  This means that there are different paths for each of us.  
 
Reflecting on this reveals something very important.  We were not created to walk down the same tracks.  Each one of us has our own God inspired destiny.  
 
Seeing this shows just how vital it is for each one of us to head down our own route.  To accomplish this, we must ask for individual instructions from our Heavenly Father.  We cannot simply live on auto-pilot by following the way of the people around us.  
 
God has a special and unique plan for each one of us.  He created each of us for a divine purpose.  He is trying to guide each one of us toward our own specific path. We must EACH acknowledge Him and seek His voice.  God is waiting to direct each one of us PERSONALLY!  

Week Five SOAP Activity  

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Friday    

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.   
 
It is now time for each of us to personally interact with this scripture.  We will gain so much insight into God’s love for us as we reflect on His words.   
 
As you read and pray, sit quietly and be aware of God’s presence with you.  
 
What is He wanting to reveal to you?   
 
The Bible is HIS LIVING WORD!  Let Him speak to you through these verses!   
 
Take time today to interact with God!  Document your thoughts and feelings on paper.   
 
One way to do this is through SOAP journaling.  
 

 
Week Five Discussion Questions 
 
 
1. Do you think it is difficult to place your “WHOLE” weight on God?  Why or why not?  What “percentage” of weight would you say you feel comfortable placing on God?  Can you explain? 
 
 
2. What does it mean to you to “acknowledge” God?  Is this a natural thing to do?  Explain? 
 
 
3. Why do you think that it is important for us to acknowledge GOD before he directs our paths?  What does acknowledgement have to do with directions? 
 
 
4. How does this verse demonstrate God’s LOVE for you? 
 
 
5. What do you think God is wanting you to learn from this week’s devotion? 
 
 

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