Solomon - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Over the past week, our devotions have been based on the wise counsel Solomon offered to his son in Proverbs 3. Basically, Solomon conveyed that we will live a good life when we are trusting the Lord completely, seeking to discover His will for our lives, striving to live a godly life, honoring Him with all we have, and showing kindness to others. When we live by these principles, the following will be true in our lives.
- “God will show you which path to take.” (Proverbs 3:6)
- “You will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.” (Proverbs 3:8)
- “He (God) will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine.” (Proverbs 3:10)
- “You will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.” (Proverbs 3:4)
- “You will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.” (Proverbs 3:1-2)
This all boils down to us trusting the Lord. If we want God’s direction, peace, joy, and provision in our lives, we have to learn how to truly trust Him. When some people think about trusting the Lord completely, they think, "I consider myself a Christian. I live by faith. And yet at times I have this fear that catches hold of me, that destroys my capacity to enjoy life. I worry. I’m obsessed with anxieties. I realize that God has been good to me and that many things in my life have turned out fairly well. But I don’t believe I can simply relax and trust the Lord, I don't think I can do that" Many Christians feel and think like that. Due to the problems, and hurts they’ve experienced, they don't really trust the Lord with the circumstances of life, with their decisions, with their relationships, or with their finances.
It can be difficult to lean on the Lord and completely trust in Him. However, the better we get to know Him, the easier it will be for us to trust Him. If someone we didn’t know came up to us and asked us to do something, we would be hesitant because we do not know them and we know nothing about them. However, if our spouse or one of our best friends made the same request, we would be more likely to oblige them because we know and trust them. Maybe it’s time that we get to know the Lord better so we can trust Him more fully. He loves us and cares for us, and we can put our complete trust and confidence in Him. And when we do, He will lead us to experience the best life and the blessed life.
Followup Activity - In your journal or on a piece of paper, write out a prayer to the Lord, confessing to Him all of the ways you have found it difficult to trust Him. Then, ask Him to help you spend more time with Him in various ways so you might get to know Him better and therefore trust Him more. If you’re leading your family through this devotion, guide each member to complete the same exercise.
Prayer for Today - Lord, help me to trust completely in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.