“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”
“TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART”. TRUST. Trust is another one of those big words and concepts in our society. Trust is a concept that holds the pieces of our society and culture together. We trust that our bank is holding the money we have deposited and that we can withdraw part or all of our money at any time. We trust that our doctor is evaluating our health properly and that when we are sick he or she is prescribing the proper medication to make us better. We trust that when we drive through a traffic light that the drivers will stop at either side of the red light as we drive through. We value trust so much that it is printed on our currency – “In God we trust”.
Yet we see signs in our society where trust is being fractured. Our elected officials, our court system, and our banking and financial services have all been brought into question regarding trust. Even our schools have been brought into question regarding trust. I believe our founding fathers were prophetic in putting their trust in the Lord. They knew that putting trust in anything other than the Lord was a fool’s errand.
The problem with putting trust in ourselves and in others is that we make bad decisions because we lack access to perfect information. We have our own perception of a situation, but God has a perfect perception of our situation. We put trust in others and sometimes they are flawed in their understanding or fall short of our expectations. Below is a link from the DesiringGod website with a commentary on Proverbs 3:5-6. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read: http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-insanity-of-leaning-on-our-own-understanding.
Let’s keep working on these words. I believe God has a lot to say to us, so I don’t want us to be guilty of leaning on our own understanding, I want us to hear from Him! Tomorrow we are going to focus on what trusting in the Lord looks like.