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A Healthy Kind of Trust
5/16/2018

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. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

The paper we exchange, as currency is known as Legal tender, which is a method of payment allowed by law or recognized by a legal system to be valid for meeting a financial obligation. There was a time when our American dollar was backed by Gold or Silver.

Today, our U.S. dollar is worth only a small fraction of what it was just a few years ago, and each day we find a diminishing return, as we get less for the same dollar — a truth we see all too clearly each trip to the grocery store and to the gas station.  The point I am trying to make is this — even though our currency looks roughly the same on the outside it really doesn’t do what it once was capable of. 

Q: But what if this pattern of diminishing return could turn around?  What if our dollar could be stronger than ever before — what would this do for our confidence and peace?

I think there is something eerily similar to the state of our dollar — it is our “Trust.” 

Why is this? I believe because at the core root of our personal value system the two are actually linked like Siamese twins.  When the dollar is doing well, our faith and trust is not far behind, but when the dollar is in recession, our trust and faith wears thin.  We tend to trust others less for fear of losing what little we have. Our faith in the future becomes weak as we fix our mind on what we don’t have. 

But this shouldn’t be this way. Our trust and faith needs to be in God — grounded in His promises and in His word.  There are many things we can attempt to figure out in our own unique and limited way of reasoning, and there are times when it just doesn’t look good, or make sense to us. God knew this would be the case, so He prepared a Scripture in advance, to guide us through these times. We are told in Proverbs 3:5-6, to 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.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Your trust in God should never vary because of the circumstances you are facing.  Remember your trust is backed on something much more valuable than gold and silver.  Your faith in His promises will give you a perfect peace as you continue to meditate upon them.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6, what two things are we told to do, and what promise are we given by God as a result of being obedient?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God to provide for your needs, and to direct your path?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to trust in God no matter what you may be facing.  Resolve to not lean upon our own reasoning, but to find your confidence in knowing God is on the throne and in control.  

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your many promises within Your Word.  Thank You for giving me a perfect peace as I resolve to place my trust in You. Help me to remember this when I am tempted by the evil one to doubt. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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