Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord

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

Trusting something or someone can be a difficult and threatening act. We usually trust those we know and who have proven themselves to be trustworthy. Yet, there is always a risk because we are fallible people. We want people to trust us, yet there will be times when we will fail because we are not perfect. Though we may not desire to let others down, we sometimes do. Our best intentions do not change the fact that we are fallible. Others are as well. Yet, Solomon points us to something beyond our fallible disposition. A few observations on these well-known verses:

First, the object of our trust is the infallible Triune God. Solomon tells us to trust in the name of the Lord. Unlike those he made, the Lord is trustworthy because he can never fail. He is not like us. He will never fail to keep all his promises. The Lord has made many promises to his redeemed people. We can trust him because he is trustworthy. Yes, it is true that we often have trust issues, even with the Lord. But if we reflect throughout our lives, we will note how often he has kept what he said he would do — and he will never stop doing it. The object of our trust is the Lord God, who made heaven and earth.

Second, the method of our trust is with our entire being. Solomon says to trust the Lord with all our hearts. With every fiber of our being, we are to trust the name of the Lord. Unlike everything else in this world, we can place one hundred percent of our hope and confidence — our trust – in the God who holds all things in his hands.

Third, the fallacy of our understanding of things is presented. Solomon tells us not to lean on our trust in our understanding of things. We are finite beings with minimal understanding, knowledge, and wisdom. Yet, there is One who has those things to an infinite level. The God of heaven has a perfect understanding of all events and circumstances. He is infinitely wise in all that he does. His knowledge is not measurable. Therefore, we must seek the wisdom that comes from him as given to us in his divinely offered Word. To avoid trusting in our understanding of matters, we must seek the perfect wisdom of God.

Fourth, we must pray for those things that are before us. Because we cannot trust our limited understanding of things and do not know what the future holds, we must pray for God’s help and wisdom as we pilgrim this earthly home. Sadly, we often run headlong into matters without bathing them in prayer.

Fifth, as we trust the God of heaven and present our needs and circumstances to him, he has promised to take us where we need to go. Yes, he leads us on the journey and guarantees that we will ultimately arrive at our heavenly rest. Though we often fail to trust him, he will use those failures to bring us safely to the place and station he desires. Still, we must trust, and we must pray. Our infinitely wise and good God will do all he has promised.

Daily Prayer for October 16, 2023

Daily Prayer for October 16, 2023

Prayer: Grant to us, almighty God, a renewed sense of your presence and zeal to honor you as the alone sovereign of heaven and earth. We thank you for your infinite kindness, though we do not deserve the least of your mercies. We are sinners and fall short of your glory. Each day, we sin in thought, word, and deed. Too often we use our tongues for evil instead of good. Too often they are instruments of both praising and cursing, and we know that these things should not be numbered among us. Please forgive us, Father. Please help us to use our tongues for good, avoiding the ease with which they are used for slander and gossip. Please forgive us for the number of times we have complained about circumstances in our lives that are ordered by your divine will. Please grant us the will to trust you no matter what happens day after day. We thank you for guiding and directing the affairs of our day. We know that you tell us to trust and rest in you as we pilgrim in this life. Yet, like the church of old, there are many ways in which we are tripped up and turn to our understanding of things. We know our knowledge is limited. We know that we have a minimal understanding of the events of this world. You alone are wise beyond comprehension. You alone are good and always do what is good and right in your world. Please help us trust you, acknowledging that we are weak and weary, but you are strong, the rock of our salvation. Please guide us, Father. Please help us to fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil and walk according to your Word. These things we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Lam. 3:22; Gen. 32:10; Jas. 3:2-12; Prov. 3:5-6

Daily Prayer for July 13, 2023

Daily Prayer for July 13, 2023

Prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that you would be willing to help your redeemed people as they journey the narrower path that leads to life. We are thankful to you for your infinite wisdom as we move from day to day, navigating the various twists and turns that the narrow path follows. As in the church of old, you led them by your mighty hand, and we ask that you will do the same for us today. We beg you, our God, to help us lean not on our own understanding of things but instead trust you with all our being.  We beg of you to remember us for good and remember your promises to help us when we are weak, granting to us your all-sufficient grace. We confess to you that we are like sheep that easily wander. We pray that you, the Good Shepherd, would tend to our every need as we learn to trust you. We further ask that you remember us for good, blessing us with your grace and strengthening us by your Spirit. We ask that you keep us invited to the True Vine, strengthening us because of his work that rescues us from our sins. May you bless and keep us, we ask, for the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Mediation: Prov. 3:5-6; Psa. 23

Daily Proverb for June 3, 2023 (Proverbs 3:13-14)

Daily Proverb for June 3, 2023 (Proverbs 3:13-14)

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
    and the one who gets understanding,
 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
Proverbs 3:13-14

When I was a boy, I had one desire that consumed my ever-waking moment: to play tennis. I would do anything to get to a tennis court to play with anyone and everyone willing to play. There were times when I would ride my bike many miles to get to the local tennis club, and I would spend my entire day there only to repeat the route home at the end of it. Yet, nothing would deter me from playing the game. 

The Scriptures present the benefit of pursuing wisdom in this way. It is something that must be sought with passion and desire. Many things compete for our attention in our lives. Most of them are worthless when compared to our eternal souls. Yet, many professing Christians spend their ever-waking moments pursuing useless things. Sure, there are things we must do each day, and we must do them to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:33). We must work. We must tend to the needs of our families. We must engage our minds in those things that the preacher says are “vanity of vanities.” It is our lot in this world. At the same time, we must pursue wisdom and understanding with an understanding that finding them is beyond measure, for it will frame all the other things we do daily. A few observations from the above-cited verse:

First, there is a blessing that comes to one who finds wisdom. Of course, that implies that one is seeking it in the first place. Most of us have lost something from time to time. How many of us have turned the living room upside down, seeking that allusive remote (usually found under the cushions of the couch)? Nothing deters us from seeking it until we find it. Solomon tells us that we must seek wisdom in this way. We seek it by praying for it (Jas. 1:5-8). We seek it by diligently reading the Word of God, meditating on its truths and precepts, for that is where we find the source of the eternal mind of the infinitely wise God. God is pleased to give it to us when we seek it this way. That is, he is pleased to bless us. Perhaps we do not find wisdom because we do not treasure it as we should. We have many treasures in our lives. Those things we often find ourselves doing or dwelling upon are often our treasures. Store up treasures in heaven by seeking God’s wisdom. Where your treasure is, that is where your heart is, also. 

Second, the gain from this pursuit cannot be measured. We all need money to live in this world. It is difficult to exist without it. We need it to pay our bills, buy our food, send off that dreaded tax payment, or some other necessity of life. We work hard to earn money to satisfy our needs (and wants). Yet, God’s Word tells us plainly that the price of wisdom cannot be measured. The profit of it is beyond a price gun that says, “This is how much the item costs.” No. The wisdom from God is immeasurable in price. The problem, often, for many of us is that we do not seriously consider that simple truth. The problem is that we do not believe it.

We need to ask: “Would I be willing to trade all the money in the world for the great blessing and benefit that comes from securing God’s wisdom and understanding? If the answer is yes, what tangible proofs are there that you take seriously? For instance, one of the means by which God’s wisdom is poured into the heart and mind of the one seeking it is through the Word of God preached each Lord’s Day. We say we desire the wisdom of God, but yet absent ourselves from the means God uses to dispense it. Are we zealously attending to the worship of God? What about prayer? Again, if one says they desire it, do you pray for it? Do we seek the mind of God in prayer for the wisdom that can only come from him? If we are not praying for it, we cannot rightly say we desire it. Are we laboring in God’s Word daily to mine the gold and silver in it? One Bible teacher says, “God does not reveal the deep treasures of his Word to lazy people.” He’s right. Are we diligently pursuing the God of heaven for the wisdom that is beyond price? 

Yes, we all sin in many ways. Without question, we can all say with one voice: I can always do better in these areas. Indeed. That is our plight in this fallen world. Therefore, resolve before the God of heaven to pursue wisdom by saying, “Father, please help me to desire your Word and wisdom found therein. Grant to me a willing Spirit for these things.” As you prayerfully ask, he will faithfully give. Pursue wisdom! It is worth more than all the gold and silver this fleeting world can offer.  

Daily Prayer for April 15, 2023

Daily Prayer for April 15, 2023

Prayer: Our Father, we thank you for redeeming us, freeing us from the land of slavery, and setting our feet on the solid Rock, which is Christ. We thank you for guiding us and leading us through the perils and pitfalls of this world, guiding us and leading us as you promised. Though we are creatures of dust, you have poured out your favor on us through the work of your Son. Forgive us, Father, for the many ways we set our minds on the fleeting things of this life and not on those above. We confess to you that we are often restless and weary, and we often grow anxious at the affairs of our life. We know your Word tells us to cast our cares on you because you care for us. Yet, we sometimes worry over matters we cannot control. In fact, there is nothing that we truly control, for you alone are sovereign, and you order all things according to your divine providence. Therefore, please help us to trust you as the Good Shepherd of the sheep leading us where we must go. Please help us to trust you and patiently wait for your leading, and give us those things we need so we can glorify you in all ways. Please quiet our restless minds and help us meditate on the Savior and all he accomplished. Grant, we beg you, greater dependence on you. These things we ask for the sake of Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Prov. 3:5-6; 1 Pet. 5:7; Matt. 6:25-34