The idea of trust has always been near to my heart — it’s even on my Bible cover as a reminder to do so.
I always find peace going back to one of my favorite verses: Proverbs 3:5-6. Through it, I am reminded to trust in the Lord’s timing and plans — not my own. God knows the “desires of my heart” and I believe He still cares about them; but such things may not be what I need at a particular time in my life. Maybe you feel the same way. Truth is, we all still have a little bit of growing to do.
Totally depend on & constantly seek Him.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
— Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
Man, easier said than done! Am I right?? Proverbs 3:5 through 6 is one of my favorite go-to verses when I need a little boost through this journey called life.
I took a little time to look deeper into the word “understanding” and found the word bÎynah (bee-naw) in the Hebrew-Greek dictionary. When this word is used as a noun, the words comprehension and discernment are tagged to it, along with this explanation:
God has graciously endowed human beings with the ability of understand and comprehension; but this faculty is not [absolutely trustworthy or sure], and therefore, we are to ask God for guidance at all times.
[Furthermore], our own ability should function to give us discernment; like how to have a proper attitude toward seeking the riches of the world.
Honor God in everything you do.
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him, and he will act.
— Psalm 37:3-5 (ESV)
To do “good” in verse is similar to being fruitful; appealing or pleasant to the senses; morally correct and opposed to evil. When I think of this, the five senses come to mind, starting with the eyes (in what we see), the ears (in what we hear), the mouth (in what we say), the hands (in what we touch or do), and the nose … well, okay, I don’t know how to tie that in … maybe smell pleasant smells? Hmm, go enjoy nature & what God has created? – okay, there we go!
Commit your plans to God.
In other words, trust God and he will act. The only disclaimer I have is that it might not be according to our time frame. The Lord knows our hearts desires and cares about them, but He also knows what we need to grow and mature in our faith. As I say this, the story of Abraham comes to mind — maybe because we also talked about him last night at BSF (Bible Study Fellowship). God remained faithful to His promises when Abraham’s faith wavered; but Abraham never stopped growing in his faith. One of the take-away principles was this — that “righteousness, [or being made right], comes by having faith in who God is and not in our own abilities and rituals”. When we commit our own plans to God, we are trusting Him to provide. The results might not be instantaneous, but by putting our faith in God, we are made righteous.Righteousness comes by having faith in who God is and not in our own abilities and rituals. Click To Tweet
What are areas you’re needing to trust God with today? What quotes, songs, or verses help you through such times?
Got an encouraging story? I would love to hear it!
Soli Deo Gloria,