February 10, 2024

Proverbs 3:5–6 “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.”

I have written on this passage several times over the years. I do this typically when I get frustrated, mostly with myself. I was getting frustrated today when I could not get Dropbox to work. I was mostly frustrated with myself for not allowing God to really work in my life with several things happening almost simultaneously. Getting old is not easy. I have set my goals for the next 30 years. I’m not concerned with meeting the goals in this time frame, but I do realize I face a common enemy most people face. It is the satanic influence that surrounds us. Satan knows our strengths and he knows our weaknesses.

Satan attacks. It is not easy facing the attacks of Satan. It is highly frustrating. We, as Christians, know Satan has been defeated and yet we play into his hands so often. I have my solitary place to go in the back yard. I can go and take my mind off the things of this world and focus on God. Just God and me. What I learn is my life belongs to God and I must exercise total dependence on Him.

Total dependence on God! Trust in God, not half-hearted trust. Not trust just when everything is going well. It is trust when life seems to be over, or you wish it were. It is trusting God when others turn against you. Or when sickness seems to loom totally overshadowing you. Not just physical sickness but spiritual, mental, emotional sickness. When you get to this point you just want to throw in the towel and quit.

How many have I talked to over the years whose life was like this. Absolute chaos in their lives. They lived with no hope, no vision for the future. There is hope. That hope is found in Jesus and Jesus only. This hope is dependent on God but there is more. It is acknowledging Him in all aspects of life. It is letting go of whatever is keeping us from being who God desires us to be. It is being willing to stop trusting in ourselves and the world and putting our trust in Him.

Trust in God with all your heart and not lean not on your own understanding. Trust does not come from the head but from the heart. It is not the result of reasoning; it is the result of believing. “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.”