Theme of the Week: Wisdom for the Ages
Bible Verse: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5–6 NKJV
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:1-35, Psalm 56:3-4, Psalm 91:2, 2 Timothy 2:11-13
Let’s look at the first four words of our passage for this week: “Trust in the Lord.”
What is trust? The word translated “trust” here means “to lie helpless, facedown.” It’s the image of a servant in complete obedience to his master, or a defeated soldier surrendered to his conqueror.
That imagery lets us see trust in a different way. There are other words that can be translated as trust. Why would Solomon choose that word. Why give that kind of instruction?
One clue might be his upbringing. His father was King David, who was known for his leadership, worship, and penmanship. David wrote these words: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid (Psalms 56:3-4).”
Solomon had a rich heritage and faith passed down to him from his father. He, too, could say, “trust in the Lord” because he knew from his father’s stories, that the Lord was completely trustworthy. This legacy was passed on to him and it is a lesson he wanted to pass on to others.
Many things in our world are unreliable or undependable, and as a result, we can transfer that onto God and conclude that He, likewise, might not be trustworthy. But we need to remind ourselves that God is entirely faithful. We can rely and depend on him for the questions we have and the challenges we face.
The admonition to trust in the Lord implies that He is trustworthy. Another favorite verse of mine (I have a few) is 2 Timothy 2:13, “…if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
It’s not only external things that can be unstable. Let’s be honest; we can be unreliable at times. But even when all else is untrustworthy, outside and in, we can trust Him completely for whatever we face.
Trust is a remedy for worry when things seem out of control, and a cure to self-sufficiency when we think we are in control. When we lie facedown before Him, placing Him at the centre of our decision-making, and rest in His faithfulness, we can find comfort, peace, and stability.
It begins with trust…it ends with trust.
Prayer: Father, in the face of my questions and concerns, give me grace to trust in you more today than I did yesterday. Help me to be trustworthy just as you are completely trustworthy to me. Amen.
Reflection: Where is your trust level today? Have your circumstances affected your confidence and calmness? Read and reread these passages and let your faith be restored.
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