“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…” sounds easy enough, doesn’t it, until… the job doesn’t work out, the doctor gives you an unfavorable report or someone close to you makes a decision that you don’t understand.

That’s where the second part of Proverbs 3:5 comes into play: “…and lean not on your own understanding.” That’s difficult for us because we want so desperately to be in control. We want God to run all his plans by us and explain them to us so that we can give him our approval. Trusting God is easy when we have complete understanding and everything is working according to the plan – that is, our plan. It’s when we can’t figure out what God is doing that things get dicey for us. When our plan is interrupted our response ranges from mildly confused at the least, aggravation and anger at the mid-level, and full-blown hysteria if we exercise no faith at all. One of the reasons for this is we have come to view God as just one of many resources at our disposal to be leveraged in our pursuit of what we want or think is best. God will never allow himself to be managed that way, but we keep trying anyway. We try to argue with God. We enlist the help of our friends to pray with us. We even try to use Scripture by lifting it out of context making it say what we want it to say. We do everything except what Proverbs tells us next: “In all your ways submit to him… Do not be wise in your own eyes” (vv.6,7).

That’s the tough part, isn’t it? Our pride absolutely refuses to allow us to admit we don’t know it all and so submission becomes impossible. Have you ever wondered why Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”? It’s not because God enjoys our pain and misery. It’s because that’s what it takes for most of us to come to the place of complete abandonment to his ways so that we can walk in the fullness of his blessing for our lives.


1 Response to “trust”

  1. 1 Pamela Denny
    June 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    To trust is to rest, and the heart that is calm has learned that Jesus is above the storm…

    “Nothing influences the quality of life more than how we respond to trouble.” Erwin Tieman

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