Trust in the Lord

November 6, 2021

Saturday, November 06, 2021

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

We will take a break from Matthew’s Gospel to reflect on a personal word from King Solomon. To ‘trust’ is to lean on with the whole body, fully rest upon, to be completely strengthened by something or someone. We call this faith, and so it is, but our concept of faith tends to be more emotionally motivated than directed by our will; “I feel like I can (should) trust in the Lord” vs. “I will trust in the Lord no matter what.”

Although the title ‘Lord’ is given to God in the English text, in the Hebrew text it is the personal, covenantal name of God - YHWH, or Jehovah. It is the name God revealed to Moses on Sinai (Exodus 3:13-14). It is God’s personal name given to those experience God personally.

The ‘heart’ is the core being of a person; one’s spirit or soul; who the person really is. To trust God with the heart is to focus one’s entire life on active confidence and dependence on God and His will alone. To ‘lean on’ is to rely on, to support oneself upon. A person’s ‘understanding’ is his personal knowledge and wisdom, which is tainted by sin, ego, worldliness, etc. as opposed to God’s knowledge and wisdom which is perfect truth.

To ‘acknowledge’ God is more than recognizing Him as God - “Yea, I believe in God.” It is to know Him experientially as the saints of old did - Abel worshiped Him, Enoch walked in fellowship with Him, Noah obeyed Him, Abraham entered into covenant with Him, Moses served Him in securing the freedom of the Jews from Egypt, etc. To ‘direct your paths’ is to make straight or clear the road of life that lay ahead. It’s like taking a trip with the most advanced GPS available.

So, putting it all together, this is what this verse is saying: “I choose to depend on, fully rest in, and be strengthened by the Lord God whom I know personally through experience, and will do so with every aspect of my life. I will not rely upon my own knowledge and wisdom, but upon the knowledge and wisdom of God, whom I know to be holy, righteous, and true, knowing He will be my perfect Guide throughout my entire life.”

Self-reliance has been the bane of mankind ever since the Garden of Eden. We continue to fight to live independently of God, to our own demise. But from God alone comes true peace, protection, provision, and prosperity. He knows how to bless us and free us from what will harms us. Therefore, we are encouraged to trust in God and to have confidence in His will in order to rise above all the anxieties and plans and fears we face in life.

“Father, thank You for the wisdom given to us through Solomon. In these days of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual trials and trouble, may we trust in You to chart the path that leads us to health and healing. To Your honor and glory I ask, Amen.”  


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