Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
This is a favorite verse of mine. Sometimes though, there is a gap between what we expect God to do and what He is actually doing. To trust God with your whole heart is easier than it sounds. Oh it is easy to trust God when things are ship shape but the minute the boat hits troubled water we start thinking that God is not paying attention and doesn’t care. Then the test of trust and faith is on us full force.
When I am having trouble hanging onto God’s promises it helps me to dig into those promises in a fashion that takes it from the page into my heart.

Verse 5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart. I find that interesting, there are few things in this world that we do with our whole heart, but we are told to trust God with all our heart, not part of it. I guess when it comes down to it, we either trust God or we don’t, He either has our whole heart or He doesn’t have any of it. Another interesting thing is God pushes us into situations where we have to make that choice. All or none, abandon yourself to God. Does that mean burn your bridges and rely on only His faithfulness. Quite possibly it does. Scary isn’t it? But when you burn the bridges you used to rely on and abandon yourself to only God. Live with the belief that God is in charge of your life, He will be faithful.

Lean not on your own understanding. To lean is to prop up or put your whole weight on something. I know that if left to my own devices I do not possess the wisdom to support the weight of the challenges, hardships and decisions in my life. When I take my situation to God in prayer and follow His leading I tap into His wisdom and power. There will be circumstances where the only thing you can conclude is God is unfaithful or indifferent and somehow lost your address. But remember that is only based on the facts as you know them. There is always a side that we can never fully understand. Life is filled with times that are full of “What if’s” Whether we think we understand the truth of the situation or not we are not to trust our understanding of the situation. We must trust that He knows what He is doing and He will see us through.

In all your ways acknowledge Him. I am pretty sure that when Solomon says to acknowledge God, he is not talking about the hour on Sunday mornings and where ever else we can“fit” Him in during the week. God isn’t interested in a quick wave as we pass by each other, He wants to be involved in every single area of our lives. Are the things that are important to you things that God would be proud of? It means seeking His will and not mine, it means living for Him and not myself……………even when I am following and not sure of where I am going, it is to trust the one leading me. To acknowledge Him in all ways is to acknowledge that He is in control, not me.

He will make your paths straight. I think I tend to say to God, Here is the path I have chosen, approve it and bless it please. However it is probably a safe bet to say that God blesses His chosen path then invites us to walk with Him there. That does require a strong measure of trust, a close prayer relationship and to choose to accept the unfailing grace that God pours on us.
Do you see how one step leads to another in these two verses? Trust, leads to leaning on God and not myself, leads to acknowledging Him in all I do, leads to walking the straight path to Glory.

Dottie
……………………….and so I ridetrust-in-the-lord-proverbs-3-5-6

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God Provides?

God always provides:

Knowledge: Proverbs 2:6

Guidance: Proverbs 20:18

Understanding: 2 Timothy 2:7

Faith: 2 Corinthians 5:7

Supply: Philippians 4:19

I started with scripture today because I believe that Biblical scripture is without error or fault. Scripture tells me that God gives wisdom, knowledge, guidance and understanding. Scripture tells me that we walk by faith and that God will supply to us whatever it is that we need.

In effect scripture tells me that whatever it is that life is for me at this very moment, I can let go of. I can let go of  the stress it is causing me because I can be assured that God will fill my every need.

The point is, If indeed I believe that scripture is without error and is God breathed and if I believe that Scripture tells me that God will supply my every need, I need to make the choice whether to walk in faith and live with the certainty that God will do what He says He will or whether to live in a state of constant chaos and worry.

Satan knows these scripture and he knows this is fact but yet that little red devil will do his best to make you doubt it. He succeeds a lot of the time seeds are doubt are powerful things. He uses the uncertainty of life to plant doubts and then he uses those doubts as footholds to get a grip in our lives.

Sometimes, as now for me, letting God do what He wants in our lives means making changes. When God is offering you a solution to your problem and you know it with a certainty that only God can provide, but you resist……….. most likely that is a choice you are making based on earthly reasoning.

If you are hesitating because it may mean being uncomfortable, or it may ruffle feathers or the going may mean rough waters for a time………..that is a choice you are making based on earthly reasoning.

Note to self…………….if all the above is true AND you also know that if you listen to God the end result will most likely be successful, but yet you won’t let go and let God……………that is definitely based on earthly reasoning.

The first step to having our needs met by God is to trust Him totally and completely with every decision. I think I will start there.

Dottie

…………………and so I ride

Let God handle it from here Let God