Trust in the Lord
(Message given in October of 2008)
Introduction: A man was offered by an aviation enthusiast to take him for a plane ride over the little West Virginia town where he spent all his life. The old man accepted the offer. Back on the ground, after circling over the town twenty minutes, his friend asked, “Were you Hesitant, Sir?” “No-o-o,” was the hesitant answer. “But I never did put my full weight down.”
Note – In every moment and area of our life we are encouraged to put our whole trust and dependence upon the Lord.
This chapter is one of the most excellent in all this book, both for argument to persuade us to trust God and for directions how to do it. The Book of Proverbs gives us the blueprint for Godly Wisdom.
Chapter 3 is one of the most excellent in this entire book, both for argument to persuade us to be religious and for directions therein.
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
I. The Remembrance of the Word of God
A. With Your Heart – v1, v3
Here, the Wise man exhorts his son to “forget not”
12:1, Ps. 119:10-11; 16; 83; 109; 141; 153
Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Great Bible Expositor, Len G. Broughton talking to a professor about the Bible. 10x he had “gone through” the Bible without retaining anything. He said “Let it go through you once!”
Note – Stop reading the Bible, and let the Bible read you. Get Saved.
Even Christians sometimes, read their Bible in a lazy manner. They can’t even remember what they read this morning.
B. Brings About God’s Blessing.
1. Length of Days – v2
Deut. 6:2, Eph. 6:1-3
2. Peace –
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
3. Favour & Good Understanding – v4
“To be esteemed wise”
The world counts success by the size of your bank account, God counts success by your faithful obedience to the Word of God.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
II. Our Reliance Upon the Lord – v5-6
Man naturally wants independence in every area. We don’t want to be told what to do.
A. In God’s Understanding – v5 “Never Trust Yourself”
Wisdom is the ability to look at things at God’s perspective.
Joshua and the children of Israel made a league with the Gibeonites. They failed because they did not ask counsel from the Lord.
The famous preacher Dwight L. Moody once said, “Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment. Trust in your friends and they will die and leave you. Trust in money and you may have it taken from you. Trust in your reputation and some slanderous tongue may blast it. But trust in God and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.”
8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Solomon is telling us to trust the Lord with our inner most being. The word “trust” (BATACH in the Hebrew) speaks of attaching oneself to, finding safety and comfort. It is feeling relaxed because we know that God is in control. When you place your hope and confidence in the Lord it is because you know Him, and because you know Him, His character, you can trust Him.
“trust” means to put your security in, put confidence in.
“God’s ways are always higher”
Some trust in tradition and others follow the trend. But we must trust the TRUTH!
Lean not to thine own understanding. – One is apt to pride oneself on one’s far-sighted judgment. We consult our maps and guides and the opinions of fellow-travellers, to find ourselves at fault. We have to learn that our own understanding is not keen enough or wise enough to direct; we must abjure and renounce all dependence on it.
B. In God’s Ways – v6
In our decision-making. We must make decisions that are based upon the Word of God.
Eph.5:17, Psalm 143:10; James 1:5
We must acknowledge that God has a Will in every step that we take.
Life’s circumstances can be very difficult and they could cause us to take our eyes off the Lord. In doing that we loose the perspective of the situation and we can let life’s circumstances overwhelm us instead of allowing the peace of God to flow through our lives.
Sometimes we think that the easiest way, the obvious way, is God’s way. And we thus base our decisions on how things are working out, if it is easy an flowing, then it must be of God and we go through that door of opportunity or go forward with the idea. If it is difficult and it seems that we are encountering road blocks wherever we turn, we feel it is not of God and thus we put a halt to our plan.
If we acknowledge Him, He will direct us.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
My Lord is ever with me
Along life’s busy way;
I’ll trust in Him completely
For guidance day by day.
III. The Reminders from the Lord
Some helps as we desire to trust in the Lord.
A. To Be Humble – v7a
Self is the greatest hindrance for God’s blessing.
Proverbs 15:33, 18:12
1 Pet. 5:5c
…for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Realize what the grace of God has done and it will humble you.
“The doctrines of grace humble a man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him.”
B. To Fear of the Lord – v7b
Deut. 8:6, Psalm 147:11
1 Samuel 12:24
Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
The Fear of God is a proper respect for the holiness of God that makes us hate doing wrong and love doing right.
1. It will cause us to flee evil. – v7c
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
2. It is a necessity – v8
It is your “umbilical cord”
Our motivation should be “to please the Lord”
Conclusion: Charles H. Spurgeon was England’s best-known preacher in the 1800’s. He often preached to audiences of 10,000 without a PA system. He said one time, “I would recommend you either believe God to the limit, or else not to believe Him at all. Believe this book of God, every letter of it, or else reject it. There is no logical standing place between the two.”
You either believe on Christ or you don’t. There is no middle ground.
May the Lord speak to your heart to constantly find yourself casting whole dependence upon the Lord.