TRUSTING IN THE LORD Andy Hollifield 11-12-16
Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
To acknowledge means to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of. Another definition means to express gratitude or appreciation for.
With the scripture and definitions in mind, think about the promise that they hold. Verse 6 says in ALL our ways. Not just some of what we do but all that we do. Everywhere we go, everything we say, we don’t have to worry about any of it if we acknowledge him. Because if we recognize his authority in our lives and he is directing our paths we will never go wrong. My problem is that I want his wisdom and authority in only the stuff I don’t know how to deal with. That is why we often get in trouble and then call on God to bail us out. He sees our life as a complete picture. He knows everything that has happened and everything that lies ahead for us. Nothing has come upon us that he hasn’t allowed. The bible teaches in Isaiah 64:8 that he is the potter and we are the clay and we are the work of his hands. Jeremiah 18:4 says that the vessel (us) was marred so the potter made it again as what seemed good to him.
When trouble and difficult circumstances come in our life, it isn’t always due to our sin or God’s judgement but more often than not is simply the potter making us into the beautiful and useful vessel he wants us to be. If we truly trust in the Lord with all our heart and don’t try to lean to our own understanding and acknowledge and accept his authority he will direct our paths. It gets even better! Romans 8:28 plainly say that “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Not just the good things but even the bad work together for our good over time. We don’t always understand it but that don’t change the fact that it is still true. It gets better! Philippians 4:7 says that “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. That means he will give you peace of mind in circumstances where you should be at your wit’s end and losing your mind.
All of this for his children if we acknowledge him and allow him to direct our paths and mold us into what he wants us to be. No vessel made of clay will be useful, no matter how beautiful it may be, until it has been fired. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!