Learning to Trust

Bible Reading:
Value of Wise Sayings Proverbs 22:17-21
Purpose of the Proverbs Pr. 1:1-7; 25:1
Fear of the Lord Pr. 9:10-12; 10:27; 14:2,26-27; 15:33; 19:23; 28:14
Trust in God or self Pr. 3:5-8; 14:12; 16:3,20; 18:2,4,10; 19:3; 20:24; 21:22; 26:12; 28:26; 29:25
Divine providence Pr. 15:3; 16:1,4,9,33; 19:21; 21:30-31; 22:12; 27:1
Wisdom and folly Pr. 13:14; 14:24; 15:24; 16:22; 17:12; 24:7,13-14
Dealing with fools Pr. 26:4-11; 27:22; 29:9
Discernment and understanding Pr. 10:13,23; 13:15; 14:6,8,15,33; 15:21; 16:16; 17:24; 19:8; 20:5,12
Knowledge Pr. 10:14; 13:16; 14:18; 15:14; 18:15; 19:2; 20:15; 21:11; 23:12; 24:3-4

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

"The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see" (Hebrews 11:1 Msg).

It seems, as I journey through life, that my Christian walk always boils down to trusting in God. It's a lesson I learn and doubt and learn… over and over again. Why can't my faith just stand firm, through every trial and victory? Why do I choose to lean on the flimsy post of my own limited understanding when I can rest securely on "the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living"? Theoretically, I know that God is in control and that he will work all things together for good (Rm. 8:28). No matter what sin we commit or what evil is done to us, God will weave it all into his eternal purpose. "There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord" (21:30-31). "It is the Lord's purpose that prevails" (19:21). When trials come, however, I still tend to panic and worry. If I reach up and grab onto God, I find a solid handle to hang on to when the winds of adversity are blowing me off my feet. Even when I cannot recognize what God is trying to accomplish through my circumstances, I can still acknowledge God in the midst of them.

"In all your ways acknowledge him..." (3:6). I have spent most of my life trying to get God to acknowledge ME. I have grabbed his hand, like a toddler with his Daddy, and dragged him around to show him what I wanted. "Father, bless this.... Do that.... Fix this.... Give me that...." As my faith in him is growing, I am learning to acknowledge HIM instead.

Father, you said that you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness (Ex. 34:6). Even though I don't understand everything you are doing, I choose to believe that you are exactly who you say you are. I will trust you, knowing that you cannot be untrue to your character. Help me to see this situation through your eyes. What are you trying to teach me? What do you want to accomplish in me and through me today?

As I seek to know my Father's heart and hear his voice in every facet of my life, he straightens out the path I'm walking on and leads me safely through.