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Trust In the Lord

Image of a bible with the words "trust in the Lord, January 13, 2023 Proverbs 3:5-6"

Date: January 13, 2023

Bible Scripture Verse  - Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

Listen for God’s Voice

Heavenly Father, please give me the strength to fully trust in you and not rely on my own understanding. I ask for your guidance in my daily life and for the wisdom to submit to you in everything I do. Help me to live out this truth in my actions and thoughts. Amen."

Explore History – Who wrote it, when and to what audience? Key people in the story?

The book of Proverbs is attributed to the "wisdom" of King Solomon, who was the son of King David and ruled Israel in the 10th century BC. However, the actual authorship of Proverbs is likely a collection of writings from various people throughout Israel's history. The audience of Proverbs is primarily the Israelite people and it was written to offer guidance on how to live a good and wise life. The key person in this verse is King Solomon, who taught the wisdom to the Israelite people. This is a common theme throughout Proverbs and serves as a reminder for the Israelites to put their faith in God and follow His guidance in their lives.

Study and Savor – Key Words

"Trust" - This word is used to express confidence or faith in someone or something. In this verse, it is referring to the belief and confidence in God.

"Lean" - This word is used to express the act of resting on or depending on something for support. In this verse, it is referring to not depending on one's own understanding

"Submit" - This word is used to express the act of yielding to the authority or control of someone else. In this verse, it is referring to submitting to God's authority and control in all aspects of life.

"Paths" - This word is used to refer to the way or course of one's life. In this verse, it is referring to the way or direction that God will guide and lead a person's life if they trust in Him and submit to His authority.

Summarize and Share

What a great reminder that our own understanding and abilities are limited, and we should never rely on them alone. Trusting in God means acknowledging that we are not in control and that He is the ultimate authority. It means being open to His guidance and submitting to His will, even when it may not align with our own plans or things that we want to do.

We can have a sense of peace and security, knowing that He is looking out for our best interests just by trusting in Him. We can let go of worry, fear and anxiety that come with trying to control everything

When we’re faced with difficult decisions or don’t have a clue about the future, we can trust in God's guidance and submit to His will. When we are struggling with important decisions and not sure which path to take, pray to God for help, trust in God’s plan and submits to His will. We can have peace then knowing that God will lead us on the right path that is best for us. We know that whatever the outcome, it will be for our greater good.

Trusting in God does not mean that we will not face challenges or difficulties, but it does mean that we will not face them alone.  With prayer, being in His Word and working on growing our faith, we’ll develop a deeper trust in God and He will make our paths straight. 

Bible Cross Reference

Isaiah 26:3 - "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."

Psalm 37:5 - "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this."

James 4:7 - "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Jeremiah 17:7-8 - "But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."


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