…I put my trust in you. v3
…in God I trust v4
In God I trust… v11
Immediately after my conversion on the 9th October 1978 my parents bought me a Bible. They wrote on the front inside page the following verses: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”. Proverbs 3 v 5-6. These verses have been precious to me and a great source of help to me all through my Christian life right up to the present. These verses written by Solomon express the same trust that David his father had in God when he wrote ‘In God I Trust’ in verses 4 and 11 in Psalm 56 when he was going through a very difficult period of his life. No doubt Solomon learned much about trusting God through David’s example. This brings a challenge to us as believers as we go through the current crisis. Does our children, grandchildren, neighbours, friends and acquaintances see the trust we have in the God we profess to love, trust and serve?
Just as David testifies to His trust in God, Solomon encourages us to: “Trust in the Lord”. We certainly can trust Him for our Salvation. Paul writing in his epistle to Timothy writes: “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost”. Isaiah the prophet had his full trust in God for His salvation. In Isaiah 12 v 2-3 he said: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation” Isaiah 12 v 2-3.
As we go through and face these days of uncertainty due to the coronavirus we can have the same confidence as Isaiah had if we have our total trust in the living God. We can confidently say that God is my strength, my song and my Salvation. In fact no matter the circumstances we can draw water out of the wells of salvation”.
Back to Proverbs 3 v 5-6. The following are comments made by the late Dr Stephen F Olford on these verses in his book: ‘Windows of Wisdom: Devotional Studies in Proverbs’, which I trust you will find helpful:
“No verses are better known and loved in the book of Proverbs than the two that invite our attention today. And there is substantial reason for this. The subject is TRUST; and, therefore, ‘the fundamental principle of all religion.’ The New Testament reminds us that ‘without faith (trust) it is impossible to please (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him’ (Heb 11:6). With that in mind, the importance of our text presents a threefold challenge:
The Decision of Trust must be Foremost in Our Lives
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding’ (3:5). This is where you and I must begin. Trust must be total – ‘trust in the Lord will all your heart.’ The verb literally means ‘to cling to’; yes, with both arms! Along the Christian pathway, Jesus must have all of us. A handshake is not enough. But more than this, trust must be focal – ‘lean not on your own understanding’ (v5). This is subtle, but immensely significant. The verb ‘lean’ is used for a person who rests upon his spears for support and safety (2 Kings 7:2). As long as we can trust our spears or an officer who holds our spears, we are NOT trusting the Lord! No, trust must be total and focal.
The Devotion of Trust must be Fostered in Our Lives
‘In all your ways acknowledge Him’ (3:6). By all means of grace FAITH-TRUST must be fostered. We must live in the Scriptures (Rom. 10:17), we must look to the Saviour (Heb. 12:2), and we must lean on the Spirit (Gal. 5:22). The proof that trust is growing is that we acknowledge the presence and pleasure of Christ in all our dealings and undertakings. The verb ‘acknowledge’ literally means ‘to consciously know or recognise.’ This is no mere theological exercise. It is rather the total involvement of mind, heart, and will in holy synergism with the Saviour. There must be no area of our lives where He cannot be welcomed and enjoyed. Paul sums it up perfectly when he exhorts, ‘whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God’ (1 Cor. 10:31).
The Direction of Trust must be Followed in our Lives
‘He shall direct your paths’ (3:6). If our first two considerations are fleshed out in our lives, we can trust God to guide us in all our ways. The idea behind the word ‘direct’ is that of making a way plain. In the Old Testament, it is used of God’s power to remove obstructions (Isa. 49:11). The word is also employed to spell out the decree of a King. God not only removes obstructions, He also reveals instructions (Isa. 30:21; John 8:12). Needless to say, immediate obedience to all His instructions and commands demonstrates total and focal TRUST. You and I can know God-directed guidance every day of our lives! He created us ‘in Christ Jesus for good works … prepared beforehand that we should walk in them’ (Eph. 2:10).”
Dr Olford then closes with the following prayer:
O Lord God, You created me to trust You. You directed me to trust You. Forgive me for allowing sin in my life to blur the vision of Your blessed Self as revealed in the face of Your Son. Focus my eyes on Jesus “the Author and Finisher of faith” – for His name’s sake. Amen
Let us make this our prayer today.