Trust In The Lord

Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not to our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths.  What a promise this morning! We do not have to rely on our own understanding of things in our life; we can put our trust in Him to work it out, to figure it out, and to direct our paths for good.

The first recorded miracle that Jesus did was at a wedding feast, he turned water into wine.  This may sound abstract and unnecessary to use heavenly, miracle-working-power to do what seems to be a “nice-to-have” kind of thing. It wasn’t like he was feeding the 5,000…yet.  He started with water and turned it in to what was needed in the moment for those people at that time.  Jesus’ mother, Mary, played a role in this first miracle when she told the people at the wedding, “Whatever Jesus tells you to do, do it.” This is significant instruction.  It’s what Bible scholars would call a “precedent setting event.” Mary’s instruction sets forth an example for the rest of Jesus’ miracles and it’s this: Whatever Jesus tells you to do in your situation of lack, or despair, or sickness, or hopelessness – do it, and the change in your circumstance will follow.  The people at the wedding used what they had which was water, followed Jesus’ instruction, and what they had miraculously turned into what they needed.

I believe today that if we trust in the Lord with ALL of our heart, and do what he says to do, that he will lead us from what we have to what we need!

Real Rest

Anyone who knows me well knows that I struggle with asking for help. It would almost seem that I enjoy juggling the roles I hold in life while adding the word “Super” before each – spouse, mom, friend, employee. Every day I placed unnecessary pressure on myself to complete every task on every list all by myself when, in fact, no one expects me to. The idea of delegating responsibilities is as foreign to me as the idea of quantum physics. But every once in a while, I am forced into a corner and left with no other option.

Yesterday it was absolutely impossible for me to be in 3 places at one time. I had to stay at work so I called my spouse to make a trip to the grocery store and my friend to pick up my daughter from school. Once they said “yes”, I trusted them to do those things. I was able to focus on my work and I didn’t think about those responsibilities again. My mind was able to rest.

Did you know that God wants us to ask him for help? Like our friends and family, He has never expected us to do anything, much less everything, on our own. He wants us to delegate responsibilities to Him. Our worries, our struggles, our unease, and our unrest. How do we know this? Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Freely and Lightly? Get away with me? Real rest? How awesome does that sound!

Here’s the key – once you ask someone to do something, you have to resist the urge to still do it yourself. It would not have made any sense for me to show up at my daughter’s school at the same time as my friend. Talk about confusing! The same goes with God. If you give Him a task to complete, don’t take it back. Let Him do His job and you do yours.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Different translations of popular scriptures can make them alive to us in a brand new way. The Words of God are LIVING and POWERFUL but if we don’t understand what is being said, then nothing happens inside of our heart when we hear the words or read the words.

Enjoy this popular scripture in Proverbs 3:5-6 in the variety of translations below and let the words become brand new to you.

King James Version: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

The Amplified: Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.

The Voice: Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.  Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.

The Message: Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for GOD’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

The Contemporary English Version: With all your heart you must trust the LORD and not your own judgment.  Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.

The Living Bible: If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.

New Living Translation: Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Explore different translations of your favorite scriptures and watch the words come alive to you, just like these did!