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TRUST IN GOD - Proverbs 3:1-12

September 11, 2017

 

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!!
     

  2. 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.
     

  3. 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)
     

  4. 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
     

  5. 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.”

 

Proverbs tells us to Trust in God, Jesus says to his disciples  John 14:1

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

 

Troubled? – Jesus told them he is going away-“ this is not supposed to happen, the Messiah leaving us”

Troubled and perplexed – doubt creeps in. Trust God , trust also in me.

 

Because Jesus is going away via the cross , big deal- he was troubled and distressed but he didn’t pull out and resurrection, ascends to be on the throne ruling over all things, things we have no control over- directing our path, making our path straight.  Troubled because they don’t see the whole picture

Path God directs and we are to walk we don’t see it all- we can be troubled … look at the love and sacrifice.

 

Blessings are Absolutely true in life to come.

 

I go to prepare a place for you and I will come back to take you to be with me where I am- Kingdom of God is of joy and peace, it is an inheritance that can never spoil or fade, prolonged life eternal life. We should all want God to be the DIRECTOR of our lives.

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