Trust in the Lord

On Father’s Day, we looked to the Word of the Lord in the Book of Proverbs, words of wisdom inspired by the Spirit of God to Solomon who passed them on to his sons.  

As a father who would teach and exhort his sons in the way of life in our Lord, so too do we receive them for our own lives today.  Proverbs 3:5,6 exhorts us to “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.”

Trust is a key word in this passage.  Trust is an active choosing to place one’s faith, reliance, dependence, confidence… in the Lord.  Trust is not an easy thing to do especially in times of difficulty and hardship.  It is easy to rely on ourselves, on others, on circumstances, but we are encouraged to place our trust in the Lord knowing that there is a promise that He will make our paths straight as we do so.

Trust becomes easier with experience.  But to get the experience you must trust and live it out.  At some point in order to know the reality of God and his promises, we have to let go and let God be God.  The object of our trust again is “in the Lord.”  He is our focus, not the circumstance, not on luck, chance, other people, and not on ourselves.

The word encourages us to trust in the Lord with “all your heart.”  Often it is easier to trust a little bit but reserve our desire to “lean on our own understanding.”  We want to figure it out. There are many today in our world today who are dealing with a crisis, a dilemma, an issue, a predicament, a problem, a situation.  And, we are trying to figure it out.  We are trying to understand it.  We are trying to figure out what to do.  We are leaning on our own understanding.  We are even losing sleep trying to figure it out.  And often, we end up choosing the path of less resistance, pain, or difficulty.  Sometimes that is not necessarily God’s will.

To trust means to wholeheartedly give ourselves to whatever God would have for us knowing that He has our highest in mind.  We do not trust blindly, but we trust in God who is always looking to bless, to prosper, to give us a hope and a future.  He is always working towards our best interest to fulfill the purposes for why we were created.  Isaiah 55:8 reminds us that our thoughts are not his thoughts, neither are our ways his ways.  God always has our highest in mind.  Our good sometimes is not necessarily his best for us.  

To “acknowledge” means to know by observation, investigation, experience or another way of stating it, it is to know with “direct, intimate contact.”  To acknowledge the Lord in all our ways means to have direct intimate contact with the Lord each day.  The truth is this, if in all our days, we maintain direct, intimate contact with God (acknowledge Him in all our ways), God promises to direct our path towards fruitful, life begetting endeavors.

The promise that the Lord assures us as we acknowledge him is that “He will make your paths straight.”  It doesn’t mean we will necessarily get our way.  God is not a genie in a bottle, but God will not direct you in a way that is contrary to his heart and highest intentions for your life.

For the graduates and everyone of us on this Father’s Day, let us heed to the words and promise of our Heavenly Father who desires to bless and make our paths straight.

Pastor Daniel