TRUST IN GOD - Proverbs 3:1-12


WHAT KIND OF LIFE ARE YOU GOING TO LIVE?

Is all up to you?

Are you the one to be in control seat?

Is there someone else more capable to direct it for you?

ENTRUST THE LORD AS COMPLETE AND EXCLUSIVE DIRECTOR OF YOUR LIFE

But, WE DON’T TRUST GOD. We battle against him to our own detriment. It has been this way ever since the Garden. A lie versus the truth.

TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART v5

Trust that is comprehensive, total dedication, wholehearted.

But what does it look like?

We receive some Instructions surround this verse. Honour Him, fear Him, keep his teaching, but the DOING is from TRUSTING Him first. There is a relationship.

  1. TRUST HIS TEACHING IS TRUTH FOR ALL TIME- RETAIN IT v1

Confidence in God’s Word as Truth… for all time

Live in a dynamic fast changing world- fads come and go. New teaching.

Doubt something so old ancient scriptures as life giving for today’s problem

When our expectations of life are being met tempted to move to new teaching.

Sound Christian but it is distorted- self focused. Not about God- his plan, who He is

Need to know Him His teaching to renew our minds, develop our skills for living

My son listen, accept, now keep- guard it well. LOCK IT IN!!

  1. TRUST HIS CHARACTER IS THE BEST AND REPLICATE IT v3

Repeatedly the LORD is known as God of love and faithfulness

Loyal love, trustworthiness- not our own- from God

Exodus 34:6, Psalm 40:11, Psalm 89:1

Live in a society that clouds character with personality

Doubt God’s character is the best to clothe ourselves for living life.

Love enemy- hunger feed him, thirsty give him drink

Fasten His character to dominate our character- bind it, write it with permanent ink

REPLICATE Make it our own? - born again, changed- fruit of the Spirit.

  1. TRUST HIS MORAL WISDOM AND FOLLOW IT v7

Fear the LORD- shun evil- who determines that?

Lean on my own understanding, avoid evil as I see it

Live in a world that calls evil good and says good is evil. Who is right?

We doubt God’s moral values will bring true blessing and happiness

Turn to all sorts of evil (defined as good) to make life work.

Lean not on your own understanding as to what evil is or isn’t

Fear the LORD- know what he hates (six things the LORD hates)

  1. TRUST HIS PROVISION IN GIVING BACK TO HIM v9

Trust in riches is stupid and destructive 11:28

God is the owner and provider of all our needs

Trusting in God to provide what we need and honour him in giving.

Generous to those in need Pr 14:21, 31

  1. TRUST HIS LOVING DISCIPLINE BY WELCOMING IT v11

We doubt God loves us - look what is happening to me!If God loves me, why this?? Evidence of the Father’s love to us is his discipline- his shaping, moulding Tests the heart as fire refines silver, pruning – it hurts Heb 12:17 Boy with splinter Sometimes with discomfort, grief, hardship- it hurts. If we doubt His love; don’t agree with goal – holiness ->to despise and resent. Being CONFIDENT of God’s love- accept and welcome what He directs in our lives with PRECISION to refine and purify.

TRUST THE LORD WITH ALL OUR HEART, NOT RELYING ON OUR UNDERSTANDING, SUBMITTING ALL OUR WAYS TO HIM

Trust his Word-

  1. WALK the PATH of LIFE HE DIRECTS

Blessings: long life with peace and prosperity, a good reputation , healthy well-being, abundant provisions. Gain and profit from wisdom 3:16-17 long life, riches, honour, peace, pleasant ways.

Who doesn’t want that?

Is this the reality of life though?

Not promises for this life.

Jesus – anyone who deserved these blessings - His life on earth was one of rejection and early death- not prolonged years. Foxes have holes, birds their nests but Jesus had no place of his own to lay his head- no barns overflowing with grain.

Order of life.

Fear the Lord- Shunning evil, makes a difference God hates a lying tongue- turmoil and anxiety of worsening situation of lying – lie to cover the first lie and so on.

Honour God with your wealth, generous to others in need, wealth is not what you seek, “God gives to the giver.” Blesses us to be a blessing to others.

He will bring into our lives situations which are not pleasant but painful but for our good

God DIRECTING your path is part of a big plan- it will have things unexpected… will we walk the PATH he directs, for His glory and our good. “I’m not sure why this is happening but we are trusting God.”