Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. NASB
For many Christians this passage is a familiar one, and is often one they commit to memory. Even though it has been favorite Proverb among many Christians, I wonder how often we actually commit what it says to our heart and put it into practice, myself included. All our worldly stress and so much of the problems that we face would be alleviated if we would only trust in God for our provisions. We spend so much time worrying over the details of life, and our worrying will never change anything. This does not mean we should not exhibit wisdom and exercise responsibility, as we are supposed to be good stewards with our time and resources. However, worrying over issues gets us nowhere and causes us to lose site of the freedom to rest in God’s loving hands. We must realize that even if we fail, God will always be faithful to take care of us, no matter what, if we simply trust in Him. People often rely on many different things to relieve them of their stress and worry, all of which includes leaning on their own self. To many, the very act of worrying, is somewhat comforting because it makes them feel as if they are doing something to help the situation. Of course this is not the case. Then they wonder how to actually put the Bible into practice. The truth is, the answer is actually right before their eyes. Practically speaking, all we have to do is trust in the living God. We should never fret! God is always there, and will always be on His throne watching over us.
To trust something is a very peaceful thing. I can remember as a young boy putting my trust in my Father. I knew he would always protect me, take care of me, and I very rarely was afraid of anything if my big dad was around. It is comforting. I can think of a hundred examples of how trusting in someone or something can be a real comfort. Once we do that our stress level is relieved and we find rest. Think about how trusting someone can bring rest. God tells us that we can and should put our trust in Him. He will never leave us and will always be a light unto our path. When we learn to let go of all our petty worries, and allow our whole heart to rely on Him, life is so much easier. When we can learn to stop leaning on our own feeble feelings and fears, we truly begin to experience a very reassuring peace that only trusting in God can bring. When I start to worry about the things the world brings, like finances, work, problems with our relationships, how I will do this or that, etc., I become pretty miserable. When we acknowledge God, He gives us His Word that He will make our paths straight. Peter says that we can cast all our care upon Him, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Sometimes we think we have to feel guilty and worry about our problems. On the contrary, it doesn’t do anyone any good to feel that way, or to actually worry. In fact, when we worry we are actually failing to trust in God. God is extremely powerful and extremely big. Just examine part of His creation and we quickly learn this about Him. He IS big enough to handle our cares. When the problems and worries of life begin to creep into our thinking, we should remember to run, not walk, to God. David experienced tremendous challenges in his life, and look what he wrote:
Psalms 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. NIV
This should be our heart. To find rest for our troubled soul we run to God and God alone. Our hope truly does come from Him and He is a rock and fortress. We are safe in Him.
We should not worry about anything in life; in fact, the Bible teaches that worrying is wrong. We have been told that we do not have to worry, as it does not do us any good for it will not change anything. Instead, we are admonished to simply trust in God, go to Him in prayer and give to Him our concerns and worries. He will give us rest. He will take care of us.
Jeremiah 17:7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." NIV