Unwinding the Paths


From Pastor’s Desk: 1-3-16

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

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This may very well be the most difficult passage to understand and, especially, to adhere to, but also the most promising.

It is amazing, when a situations call for complete trust in the Lord, and we are able to do what the verse says, in that we lean not unto our own understanding, but acknowledge Him, how gracious He is. In trusting Him, we find that He is our Rock, our Horn of Salvation, our High Tower, our Refuge, in short, everything we need at the exact time we need it.

The sad part is that when we don’t trust, He cannot be all that to us. Note that I said “to us.” He doesn’t stop being the Rock, Horn of Salvation, etc. He will always be the True and Living God. But when we limit His moving in our lives by not trusting Him, He cannot be that to us, personally.

The first generation of the Children of Israel did not see Canaan. It was simply because of their lack of trust (See Hebrews 7:3-19). In His own country among His own kin, Jesus was able to do no mighty works (miracles) because of their unbelief (See Matthew 13:58). In the account of the same story, Mark 6:6 says further, “He marveled at their unbelief.”

Neither will we receive, unless we learn to trust Him, all the blessings He has in store. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” is the statement Paul made in 1 Corinthians 2:9. That’s not only futuristic in application. God has some wonderful blessings He desires to give His children in this world, sadly never to be realized unless we learn to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…” Then, and only then, can He “…make your paths straight.”

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