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It Starts with Trust

Over the next few Sunday nights at Your Church I’m sharing certain verses from Proverbs. I find I enjoy reading Proverbs when I need to remind myself of the basics. We all need to remind ourselves of the basics from time to time. It’s the ‘why we do what we do’ realities that we need to hear especially when dealing with all of life’s twists and turns. It keeps our head centered on what matters most and it’s wisdom for when you’re traveling unchartered waters.  Bear with me as I breakdown one of my fave’s found in chapter 3.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (New International Version)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. 

The whole premise of our walk with God is based on trust. The ability to trust anyone including God starts with knowing them, knowing their track record and firmly believing certain attributes about them are true. If I’m going to trust God I have to know something about Him. Hebrews 11:6 says that trust starts with me simply believing He (God) exists and believing that He will reward me if I take a step towards Him. Thus, I have to take a step towards Him. Solving my own problems is good but there are some things neither you nor I can solve. The fact is, there’s heart issues and mindsets we need help with. There are some mountains we will never conquer without taking that step towards God. That step most likely involves prayer. That step most likely involves discovering who He really is by gathering information on Him. What would it take for you to trust Him? According to Proverbs 3 it demands us putting our whole heart into it. 

Alongside trust we have face the reality that we don’t know it all.  That’s a big one for many of us. How often do we gather assumptions based on partial one-sided information? We center our reality on what we see, feel, hear and touch. Our senses is one-sided information. Knowledge is another. We think we understand how things work but that doesn’t mean we’re right. In light of Proverbs 3, part of trusting in the Lord with all our heart means that we cannot solely rely on past experiences, information, or sensory perception as being 100% accurate. The majority of ‘news’ people share with us is always slanted by their perception, whether they heard it firsthand or from someone. We cannot always rely on that as truth no matter how real it appears. The same with just because our mind can vividly play out scenarios doesn’t mean that’s what is going to happen. Trusting in the Lord means I cannot rely on my process of information as accurate. Trusting Him means I’m willing to harness my thoughts, imaginations, will and emotions for the greater cause. In other words I do nothing until I know what to do. 

Lastly, I have to acknowledge God in all my ways. That’s another biggy. God wants to help us in life but He also wants access to it all. It’s like asking a financial consultant to help you with a certain debt but instead the consultant wants access to your entire portfolio. In order to effectively help you, the consultant needs to know you better by viewing your habits. In other words, we have to surrender. It sounds something like this; “I don’t know it all God and I need your help”. Now the implication of this is huge. It means we are asking for help with all our accounts. Nothing is hidden. We are accepting the fact that straight across the board we need help and not necessarily with just our situation. And it’s accepting the fact that we probably screwed up somewhere. It’s opening up the secret vault of our hearts and asking God to ‘have at it’. That can be scary. But if we can trust Him, His promise is to make our paths straight. It’s not a promise He’s going to fix it, it’s a promise He’s going to straighten it out. He’ll turn the light back on and show us where to go. It might sound cheesy, but He gets to the root so we can produce the fruit. 

You’ll never lose with trust. I encourage you today to take a new step towards Him. Then watch what He does next!
Pastor Shian

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