Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
Trust - בְּטַ֣ח (bə·ṭaḥ) - Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 982: To trust, be confident, sure
your heart - לִבֶּ֑ךָ (lib·be·ḵā) - Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
acknowledge Him - דָעֵ֑הוּ (ḏā·‘ê·hū) - Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: acknowledge, acquainted with, advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware
Psalm 37:3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Psalm 37:5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it.
What does "trust" mean? Trust - firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. As a noun: I put my trust in God. As a verb: I trust in God's faithfulness. How do you trust someone or something? You have to have experience with someone/something and know someone/something before you can trust it, or them. I don't trust a stranger on the street. But if I get to know someone, I begin to trust them. It is normal for us to trust someone's promises, to trust their word, if we know them. We feel so betrayed if they don't fulfill the promise they made to us. If our new friend, John Doe, says he's going to meet us at the movie at 9:00 p.m., we wait around for him and if he never shows we are aggravated and we feel a little betrayed. We have learned not to trust John Doe when he says he's going to do something or not do something because he is untrustworthy.
If we fall in love and our love says things to us and makes promises, we trust them. Especially when they agree to marry us and make vows before God and witnesses to love us and forsake all others through sickness and health, riches and poor, til death do us part. A marriage is a sacred covenant because it is made before God with witnesses. But, today, one out of every two marriages end in divorce because someone (or both) have not taken their vows seriously. For whatever reason, their word is no longer good, their promises were worthless, their vows meant very little to them. They are untrustworthy. And if they have committed adultery, the betrayal is even worse. They have betrayed the very essence of the marriage, the oneness.
God hates divorce for this reason: God used the institution of marriage as a picture of His relationship with His people. God has made covenant promises to His people. He loves them and is faithful no matter what they do in return. God's Word is His bond. He has never been unfaithful to His people (those who chose Him above all other "gods") and He never forgets them and the promises He has made to love them and provide and protect them. He provided a way, through His own Son, Jesus Christ, to bring His sinful, wayward, adulterous, idolatrous people back into relationship with Him. We have to choose to accept that Way. When we do, we are born-again and are part of the Church, God's people and His Bride. He is ever faithful and we can trust in Him to get us through everything and to be with Him forever.
My parents were married in 1956. Their vows meant something to them. They were faithful to each other their whole lives and were married nearly 60 years before my Mom died of dementia. Those last 2 years were awful for my Dad as he was there through the slow decay of her mind and memory. But he took care of her and she would have taken care of him if the roles were reversed. He knew that and he was faithful to the end. I have a dear friend whose wife recently died of cancer and he was faithful to the end despite the all the hardship and watching his beloved slowly die. He held her hand at her last breath. I can say that my family has been very blessed with marriages that lasted to the end. Our grandparents, aunts and uncles, great aunts and great uncles, cousins, siblings, etc have experienced very few divorces. 90% have had good marriages that lasted to the end. In this day, that's a miracle and one I'm very grateful for because it taught me what a real marriage is. It's not the dress-up party called a wedding, showing off and being the center of attention for a day. It's a beginning of a lifetime relationship that is good when it's good and hard when it's hard. But you stick it out and you do the right thing because you trust the vows you each made.
So how do I learn to trust God? People are human beings and they will let you down. They will break promises. Because of sin, people are people and will betray you. Yet we trust them more than we trust God?!? God is sinless, what He says He will do, He will do. He is ever faithful. When God makes a covenant, He never breaks that promise. Why can't we trust Him?
Maybe because we don't know Him as well as we could and should? First, getting to know someone takes time. Over time we learn that what He says, He always does. It's experience, life experience, as a Christian. Also, over time, we learn more and more about Him. We read His Word, we go to church, we go to Sunday School and Bible studies, we read Christian books, etc. Also, He put a secret weapon in each of us, His Holy Spirit. When we are born-again, the Holy Spirit enters us and begins the teaching, training and empowering that sanctifies us over our lifetime. He is in me to teach me about God and enable me to learn and understand more and more about God. God didn't leave us alone down here to fend for ourselves in this mad world! He gave us a secret weapon that is in each and every true Christian, the Holy Spirit. Let's face it, we are pretty spiritually dense, and it takes the power of God to get truths in us in a way that takes root and begins to actually grow and produce fruit! If you've been a Christian for a length of time, you have had Ah-Ha moments where something suddenly makes sense and you wonder why you hadn't understood it before now. That's the Holy Spirit making something alive in you.
In order to trust God, you have to get to know Him. You have to gain some Christian life-experiences in order to realize you can trust Him. You have to learn about His character, His history with His people, His promises.
Sometimes I think if I could physically see God, I could trust Him better. But then I have to realize, Jesus Christ came in a physical form and people still didn't trust Him. Even if someone comes back from the dead, they refuse to believe and trust in Him! Luke 16:19-31.
In the movie, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, he is pursuing the Holy Grail, the Cup of Christ. It was supposedly the cup Christ used in the Last Supper. Near the end of the movie, Indiana Jones is in a cave and he comes out on a ledge with a huge, uncrossable chasm. He must cross over. All the clues lead him to this and he has to cross over. He trusts that there is a way over although it certainly looks impossible. He takes a "leap of faith" and takes a step into what looks like air. But it's an illusion. When the camera shifts, you can see the land bridge to the other side. He even throws sand on it to prove there is a bridge. His leap of faith was rewarded with a trustworthy bridge across to the other side.
Sometimes God causes us to come to a place where it seems there is no way. There is an impossible situation and He is calling us to the other side. We can't see a way. It's impossible! But if God is calling, we can trust Him. If He is holding out His hand, we can trust Him. He will make a way where there was no way. He is a miracle working God. I can't understand it; I can't see it; I see no way out; I feel trapped. But God is with me and He is the miracle worker. If I will put my trust in Him, He will provide a way. There is a Christian song that says, "Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child". We don't have to understand and have it all explained, all we have to do is trust. Let's say that my loved one is dying of a disease. I can trust God in this situation. God may miraculously heal my loved one. Or He may used the tools of the medical profession to heal them. Or He may heal them by taking them home to Heaven where they will forever be well, healthy and immortal. If He does the latter then He will miraculously help me through the grief process and bring me out on the other side. He has promised He will never leave or forsake me. He has promised that He will walk me through the Valley of the Shadow of Death and that I will not have to fear any evil during my time of grief.
This is so much easier said than done. I understand, and I don't come from such a high, lofty, secure place of trust myself. I struggle with trusting God just like you will. But this verse today tells us that if we trust Him and NOT our own understanding, He will direct our paths (like Indiana Jones walking across that invisible bridge). If we reach out to Him when we are afraid and insecure, He will take us and lead us in the right path. He will carry us when we are failing, as long as we acknowledge Him.
As long as I sit with Him and cry out to Him and acknowledge that I don't understand but I know He does... He will take care of all things and lead us (or carry us) through to the other side. It's called faith.
There is another movie I love called The Apostle with Robert Duvall. He is a preacher and his wife and church let him down and he commits a grievous sin. He tries to run away and re-create himself in a new life and begins a church. Throughout all of his problems, failures and triumphs, he continues to hold fast to God. That's his salvation. He can't do enough good works to pay for his sin although he tries. He gets betrayed and he betrays, but he still holds fast to God. He doesn't understand but he holds fast to God. Everything seems to go wrong but he holds fast to God. And we see the grace of God even in the midst of all the consequences and circumstances. In the end, Duvall's character has been stripped of everything worldly, but he has held fast to God and in the last scenes he is preaching to his fellow prisoners on a chain gang. Does this mean that God has let him down despite Duvall's trust? No, it means that God is working in Duvall in spiritual ways that are deeper than we can comprehend. In the end, we will agree with God that it was worth it. Every worldly thing we lose is replaced by a spiritual value and treasure that is immeasurable.
- How can I develop trust in God despite outward appearances?
- How can I increase my faith in God?
- How can I cooperate with the Holy Spirit within me in order to gain God's perspective instead of the world's illusions (invisible bridge)?
- Do I know God? Have I experienced God? Do I have a relationship with God? If not, what holds me back? If I do, how can I deepen it?
- What is the promise in today's scripture? What does the promise depend on?
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