“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 3:5-6) These verses are so common, yet so powerful in reminding us that the key to direction in our lives is trust. We should trust God more than we trust our own selves and ideas. We should not trust anyone or anything more than our God, who is the ultimate source of wisdom, yet so often we do. So often, we misplace our trust without even realizing it. When we are overwhelmed with decisions to make or anxious about what could happen, we can hastily make decisions trusting our own heart instead of the heart of the One who has promised to direct us. We can make life decisions based on our talents, financial standing, status, or worries without first looking to God. The Bible calls us a fool when we trust our own heart. (Proverbs 28:26) How can we avoid making foolish decisions? No one wants to be a fool. Let’s make sure we all understand what trust actually means. The word trust means to lean upon. Picture yourself leaning on something, like a wall. You place all the weight of your body on the object, trusting that it will hold you up. Just like your body leans on an object, you can lean on God, and He will uphold you. Wow! What a comfort to know that we can trust our God completely. Here’s the bottom line: placing your trust in the Lord is going to be a decision you will have to make regardless of what is going on in your life. Like David, we must choose to proclaim, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” (Psalm 18:2) When you choose to trust God, He will then lead you and bless you for trusting Him. Here are some of the benefits of trusting in the Lord.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:6) When we fully trust God, decisions in life will become clear! No one likes to get lost, or even worse, stay lost! A great benefit of trusting God is that He will give us direction for our lives!
“It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” (Proverbs 3:8) A great benefit of trusting God is the affects it has spiritually, psychologically, and physically on our bodies. So often, our health problems come as a result of stress, overload, burdens and pressures of life. When we learn to trust God in all things, His promise to us is to bring greater health.
“He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” (Proverbs 16:20) This verse can be translated two ways - the first is “the person who pays attention to a wise saying finds good” the second way is “the one who is wise or prudent in speech finds good. This wording emphasizes the idea that people who trust in God listen to and follow wise words. These people find happiness when they find trust in their God!
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) I love the thought of God being a strong tower! What a great comfort to know that when we trust God, we are safe and secure in the power of His almighty hand.
“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.” (Proverbs 28:25) God is wanting and waiting to pour out His blessings upon His children. He’s just waiting to see us exercise that complete trust in Him. No matter what you are going through today or how you are feeling, choose to trust God. The psalmist reminds us in Psalm 103:1-2, “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:”