January 1, 2012
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."
n. a sure reliance on the character, strength, or truth of someone or something.
v. to place our confidence in, to hope
God is reliable. His character is flawless. He is worthy of our trust. Trust is an act of the will, the mind. It is a decision we make.
He should be the One we trust the most. When we trust Him the most and something comes near us that will take us away from the love of our God we need to move away from that thing.
Do (I, You, We) Trust God?
Proverbs 3:5 & 6Do it His way and He will direct our path.
Trust is learned and taught through the experience of tests and trials. Do not fret because we belong to a God who does that which he promises. When that stops being true He is no longer God and God cannot, will not break His promise because He does not lie.
v. to follow the commands or guidance of someone; to comply with, comform, keep, mind, observe
Obedience is the practice of our hands, our deeds that reflect our trust.
Do (I, You, We) Obey God?
1 Samuel 13:8-10
The Israelites wanted a king. They looked for the tallest, most muscular, and good looking guy. God said to chose based on character not on looks. The people of Israel did not and their choice's character was flawed.
Because of this, their choice, King Saul, disobeyed God. And as a king, he was a poor example for God's people.
1 Samuel 15:2-3; 7-9
King Saul was told clearly to destroy everything in the battle. He did not.
When not bent on obedience we will always look to do the wrong thing. Saul's disobedience cost him his kingship. For you, disobedience can cause you to lose everything as was demonstrated in Saul's life.
We could say Saul's trust in God was questionable. We must be careful that we are not blatantly disobedient like Saul was and like Adam and Eve were in the garden which demonstrates our lack of trust.
The Lord must be pre-eminent in our lives. That happens when we trust Him and is demonstrated by our obedience to Him.