An Interactive Look at Proverbs 3:5-6
Do you trust God? What exactly does it mean to trust the Lord with all your heart? Do you seek to discern His will in your life? Are there any areas of your life you seek to control because you think you know what is best for you?
Our Pastor recently based our worship message on Proverbs 3:5-6. This is a verse I have read and known most of my life and my immediate response was to think that I have always lived by these verses. But “knowing” these verses, is not the same as “living them.” As we delved into these verses a little deeper, I began to understand that perhaps I wasn’t living my life in obedience to these verses after all.
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.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
Let’s take a closer look at what these verses are telling us:
“Trust in the Lord” – People trust in many things. Some trust in money, knowledge, or passion. Some trust in people: spouses, parents, family, church, or co-workers. Some trust in approval or success. We have the habit of comparing ourselves, our lives, and our accomplishments against other people, and if we appear to be doing as well, or better than, they are, then we “trust” that we are living appropriately. This can, and will, cause problems. By following people and things we can easily get onto the wrong path for our life. And people and things will eventually let you down. God will not. (Psalm 18:10) God is our refuge (shelter, sanctuary, safe haven, etc.) and strength (powerful, mighty, stronghold, etc. Psalm 46:1) He will protect us. (Psalm 34:19) He is always with us. (Joshua 1:9, Matthew 28:20, Psalm 23:4). We can put our trust in Him.
I do trust in the Lord…most of the time. I have experienced His presence in my life too many times not to trust Him. As a lonely little girl who lost her earthly daddy, I cried out to Him to comfort a hurt I couldn’t understand. As a shy, introverted pre-teen with few friends, He blessed me with cousins too numerous to count so that I had “built in” friends until I was ready to set out and build my own friendships. As a teenager, he sent me a “boy” friend to see me through the awkward high school years and as a young adult we married and began to build our family together. Throughout my life I have loved many and lost many who were precious to me. And I can truthfully say I felt God’s presence through it all. Yet in all honesty, if I truly trust in the Lord, how can I share this with you without admitting I still worry and fret over many things. This is definitely an area I need to continue to grow in.
How about you? Do you “trust in the Lord?”
God wants all of our hearts. He wants us to trust Him with everything, #trusting God
— Barbara (@JournalingBee) February 16, 2017
“Your whole heart.” Some people become Christians, but do not trust God with their whole hearts. We let God be a part of our lives, but only a part. We trust Him with some things but not others. God wants all of our hearts. He wants us to trust Him with everything, He wants us to trust Him when things aren’t going well. He wants us to trust Him with the things we think we can handle on our own. He wants us to seek His wisdom. He wants us to invite Him in and share every area of our lives with Him. He loves us and wants us to love Him in return.
If I considered my heart a house with many rooms, I’m afraid there would be some rooms closed off that I don’t invite God to enter. Things I cling to selfishly and refuse to relinquish. What are in these rooms? Mostly unconfessed sins and habits I need to work on that take me away from Him. Any area of my life that I’ve not turned over to God or anything that interferes in my walk with Him, is essentially a room I have closed off from Him.
Do you trust God with every part of your life? Are there “rooms” in your heart that keep closed off from Him?
“Do not depend on your own understanding.” – We do not have to figure everything out on our own. Even though we sometimes think we know everything we need to know, there are many times we don’t. The great thing is that God knows everything. We must not think that we know what is best for us. It is important for us to depend on God’s wisdom in our lives, God is wiser than we are. We must not be too proud to seek His wisdom.
Sometimes I make decisions on what I see, not aware of or not acknowledging, all the circumstances that I can’t or don’t readily see. The only way I can make wise decisions and save myself a lot of grief is to seek God’s perspective, since He alone knows every detail in every situation.
Do you try to figure everything out on own and make decisions thinking you know what is best, forgetting to trust that God alone knows what is best for you?
“Seek His will in all you do.” – We do not know what the future holds. But God does. He can lead us, he can guide us. But we must trust Him. We must seek Him. We must pray to Him about our lives—every part of our lives. We must listen for His voice to help us and guide us in everything we do.
Many uncomfortable situations I have faced in my life were caused by me not pausing and seeking His guidance beforehand. I have rushed in and created turmoil and strife that could have been prevented if I had just turned to Him beforehand.
When making decisions, do you seek God’s wisdom in prayer?
“He will show you which path to take.” – If we consider life a journey, then there are many paths we can choose to take. Wherever we are, whatever we do, we should remember who God is and His place in our lives. If we want to take the right path, we must follow God. He alone knows the right path; His way is the right way. We can trust Him to guide us.
This is where “being still” before the Lord comes into play. If I’m going to ask for His guidance, I need to make sure that I pause until I hear from Him rather than running ahead of Him and creating problems.
Do you trust God to guide you on your life journey?
As I have contemplated these verses, I have been reminded that God wants to be a part of everything in my life. I do not need to worry about bringing anything before Him. If it is important to me, it is important to Him. If I am lost, He will guide me. If I am confused, he will lead me. If I’m going in the wrong direction, He will turn me around. He knows what is best for me and I must trust Him to clear the way for me to follow Him.
“Trust In You”
Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my side
When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!
Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less
You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation; the rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There’s not a place where I’ll go, You’ve not already stood
I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!
I will trust in You!
Writer(s): Lauren Daigle, Farren Michael Ray, Paul Mabury, Daigle Lauren Ashley, Michael Farren