Day 18

Day 18

Read: Proverbs 3:5-10
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 your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord from your wealth and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty and your vats will overflow with new wine.

Trust and distrust provoke very different responses from most people. Trust is a positive and life giving thing while distrust provokes a number of negative feelings for most of us. Warm and trusting relationships are our life blood. They feed us safety and security, while relationships full of distrust bring deep feelings of fear and anxiety for most of us. Even so, the disappointments life hands us can quickly convince us that trusting others is not a good idea. Trusting the Lord with all our heart is a huge leap that can often take years of interaction to develop. We have to unlearn trusting ourselves in order to learn to trust the Lord.

The word trust literally means to be unsuspecting, secure and safe. Unsuspecting is huge, because so many of us are not really convinced that Jesus has our total well-being in mind when He deals with us. Throughout the Bible we find stories and pictures that are meant to help us trust Him, we shouldn’t be surprised when unsuspecting trust is not our first response to the Spirit calling us. His ways are not human ways, they are divine and far deeper than most of us choose to journey. His ways can be really tough to sort out and more difficult than we typically would like and thus they leave us sometimes questioning Him or as the word trust suggests, suspecting Him.

Solomon, who wrote these words in Proverbs, left us with a clear pathway to trust in Jesus. It is both profound and quite simple. Acknowledge Him in all your ways. Invite Him into all your thoughts and dreams. “All” is the key word here; in your work ways, in your family ways, in your marriage ways, in your relationship ways, in your health ways and, yes, even in your financial ways. Many of us trust Him in one way and hold out another way. We separate what is His and what is ours. But trusting Him with all of your heart takes acknowledging Him in all your ways.

Our only other option is to lean on our own understanding, which may feel more secure for the moment but long term leads to chaos. The choice is risky, but we are far wiser when we decide to open to Him and embrace Him with unsuspecting trust.

Unsuspecting trust will certainly create times that allow the Holy Spirit to move deeply in you.

Father, my natural response is to lean on my own understanding instead of yours. Holy Spirit, help me to open up to you and embrace you with unsuspecting trust.