AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO TRUST IN THE LORD
The true child of God is to put his trust in the Father'l providence, promises and grace.
The book of Proverbs is not designed so much to show us the way of salvation, as it is to give us direction in our conduct after we have come to the knowledge of the truth.
It gives us instructions that help us in our dealings with men, and informs us how to walk in a way that is pleasing to God.
Today, we want to consider some very important information concerning our walk with God.
I. THE BELIEVER IS TO PUT HIS CONFICENCE IN GOD
The sinner can have no confidence in the sovereign God of the universe, because he is at enmity with Him. Rom. 8:7-8.
But the born again believer has been reconciled to God by faith in the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 5:8-11.
As creatures, we are necessarily dependent upon the Lord who first gave us our existence. 'For in Him we live and move and have our being.'
A. The believer is to put his COMPLETE trust in the Lord.
- We must trust in the Lord ?with all our heart?(Prov. 3:5).
1. The child of God is to have complete faith in his Father'l providence, promises, and grace.
a. The unsaved do not have the Lord as an object of their trust, because they are at enmity with Him.
b. The believer, however, has been reconciled to God through the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. As believers, we are to have a child-like unwavering confidence in our Lord'l well-proved wisdom, faithfulness, and love.
a. It grieves the Lord when we fail to put our complete confidence in Him.
b. This truth is illustrated in the account of the Lord'l protection and provision for His chosen nation Israel, and their rebellion against Him. Ps. 78:13-42.
3. We should realize that we are utterly incapable of insuring our own happiness, and should trust the Lord to order every thing for our good and His glory. Rom. 8:28.
4. We should never doubt the Lord'l wisdom in discerning what should eventually prove best for us, or His power in bringing it to pass.
5. We must trust Him to keep that which we have committed to Him. Ps. 37:3-5; II Tim. 1:12.
B. The believer is to trust ONLY in the Lord.
- We must ?not lean to our own understanding? when it comes to trusting the Lord.
1. We are to put no confidence in the flesh. Phil. 3:3.
a. Man with all his pride feels that he needs something to lean to.
b. As a fallen being, he naturally leans to himself, to his own foolish notions and false pride.
(1) Human power is his idol.
(2) His understanding is his god.
2. Many judge God's truth by their own depraved understanding, and use that as an excuse for rejecting it. Jer. 17:5.
a. This is the history of man from the Fall.
b. This is the dominant sin of every proud heart.
c. The sinner is deceived by his own wicked heart. Jer. 17:9.
3. The Lord knows the end from the beginning, and what He has determined shall come to pass. Isa. 46:10.
a. We need to trust Him even when everything seems to be going wrong.
b. This was the case with Joseph in all His trials.
4. We must depend entirely upon the guidance and direction of our Lord. Jer. 10:23.
a. We are not to trust in our own devices. Prov. 28:26.
b. We are not to lean on our own understanding, but we are to trust in the Lord.
C. The believer is to trust in the Lord in every situation.
1. In all our ways we must acknowledge Him. v. 6a.
2. We are not only to seek the Lord in those things, which seem to be of greater importance, but we are to look to Him in all things without exception.
3. The Lord'l hand is not only seen in the rise and fall of empires, but also in such insignificant things as the falling of a sparrow.
4. We are prone to see some things as being important and others as unimportant, but the fact is, that in God's sight, nothing is unimportant when it relates to His chosen people.
5. Many events that we consider as being large often begin in a small and insignificant way.
6. In the Book of Esther, we have the insignificant account of the queen not coming when the king summoned her, which the Lord used to save the Jewish people from being destroyed.
7. Divine providence orders those things that we consider being casual or insignificant. Prov. 16:9, 33.
- There is no such thing as chance: even the most insignificant event is disposed, ordered, and governed, by the sovereign will of God.
8. In everything therefore, whether great or small, painful or pleasant, planned or accidental, we must acknowledge that God has sent it.
II. GOD PROMISES TO BLESS THOSE WHO PUT THEIR CONFIDENCE IN HIM
A. The Lord promises to direct those who put their complete trust in Him.
?In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths?(Pro. 3:6). Ps. 37:5, 23; Prov. 16:3; Jer. 9:23-24.
1. This promise is given for our encouragement.
2. The Lord promises to direct those who put their trust in Him, but how will He do this?
a. Will He speak to us in dreams, or visions, or by an audible voice?
b. Will He go before us in the pillar and the cloud, as He did His people in the wilderness?
c. Will He speak to us as He did to David, in reference to the men of Kei'lah? I Sam. 23:1-5.
d. The Lord will not direct us in any of the ways that were previously mentioned.
3. But He will direct us sufficiently to preserve us from any foolish error.
B. The Lord will direct those who submit to Him in TWO WAYS.
1. He will direct them by His SPIRIT.
a. The unbeliever thinks the things of God are foolish, because he is still in spiritual darkness. I Cor. 2:14.
a. The Holy Spirit will give spiritual understanding to the believer. Eph. 1:18.
c. When the Spirit opens the eyes of our understanding, He will purge away from our eyes that film which obstructs our sight.
(1) He will clear away such things as pride, feelings of passion, selfish ambitions, and a thousand other things which hinder our spiritual growth.
(2) He will clear away these things in order that we might walk in the way of obedience.
(3) Until the eyes of our understanding are opened, we will continue to be under the most awful delusions.
(4) In our carnal state, we are ready to 'call good evil, and evil good; to put darkness for light, and light for darkness.'
d. It is only when our minds are duly enlightened that we see things in their proper colors.
(1) The resurrected Lord had to open the understanding of the disciples as He sat with them there in Emmaus before they recognized who He was. Lk. 24:31-35.
(2) As believers, we should pray for spiritual understanding.
- We need the Holy Spirit to remove the veil of darkness that is on our hearts in order that we might see the truths of God's Word in their true light. Ps. 119:18.
- In our journey to heaven, we need a map (the Word of God), and a guide (the Holy Spirit). Ps. 73:24.
- The believer has the indwelling Holy Spirit to open his understanding and direct him in the right path. I Jn. 2:20, 27.
(3) The Holy Spirit will never lead us contrary to the Word.
(4) The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth, and direct us in the way that is pleasing to the Lord.
2. The Lord will also direct those who submit to Him by His PROVIDENCE. Prov. 19:21; Isa. 46:9-10.
a. God often intervenes in the lives of men to preserve them from evil and to guide them into that which is good.
(1) Balak, King of the Moabites, tried to get Balaam to put a curse upon Israel, but the Lord intervened. Num. 22:20-35.
(2) When Nabal refused to give David'l men the provisions that they had requested, David became angry and was going to do Nabal great harm, but God put it in the heart of Abigail to meet David and to calm him down. I Sam. 25:4-34.
b. When a child of God strays off of the path that the Lord would have him to walk, the Lord will often use various means to direct him back into the right way.
(1) He may use a friend, a pastor, or some particular occurrence.
c. God knows how to accomplish His own purposes in our lives, and will constrain us in such a way that we will know that 'He does all things well.' Job 23:10-13; Eph. 1:9-11.
1. We are not to think that trusting God is to take the place of our own individual efforts.
- We are to work as if everything depended upon us, and to trust in the Lord as if everything depended upon Him.
2. We must commit our concerns to God in fervent and continual prayer. Ps. 62:5-8.
3. We need to continually ask the Lord to lead us in a right path.