Trusting in the LORD
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
- Learning to trust in the Lord.
- Leaning on His ever lasting arms.
- Has He ever given you reason to doubt Him?
1. Tangible trust in the Lord:
1.1. Trust we can feel.
1.2.Trust that cost us.
1.3.Trust that produces peace.
1.4.Trust that changes our future outlook.
Jeremiah 17:1-13 (ESV) 1 “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of their altars, 2 while their children remember their altars and their Asherim, beside every green tree and on the high hills, 3 on the mountains in the open country. Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. 4 You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” 5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 “I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” 11 Like the partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch, so is he who gets riches but not by justice; in the midst of his days they will leave him, and at his end he will be a fool. 12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. 13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.
- Israel was continually encouraged to keep their trust in the Lord:2.1.Jeremiah’s prophecy to the Nation of Israel. 2.2.Encouraging them to keep their trust in the Lord. 2.3.They had been a blessed Nation for so long. 2.4.From Moses Year 1300
2.6.King David 970
2.7.Solomon until 930
2.8.Then Jeremiah comes on the scene around 600 BCE
2.9.So 700 years of blessing.
2.10.It was inconceivable that they wud be anything other than blessed forever.
2.11.America has been a Nation going on 247 years and we already cannot imagine a world without the US being on top in many ways.
- We say we trust:3.1.We say we trust in the Lord but then go on taking matters in our own hands.
3.2.We say we trust in the Lord but loose sleep at night worrying.
3.3.We say we trust in the Lord but resort to meds, vices, crutches, and remedies.
4. There is fruit of a trusting life:
Jer. 17: 5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. 8 He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
4.1. There are many benefits of trusting in the Lord. 4.2. Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord.
4.3. Like a tree planted by the water.
- It is the difference of being a well watered tree or a thirsty shrub in the dessert.
- To each man will be given according to his ways.
- According to how he trusts day to day.
- The peace of God that passes understanding, meaning there is peace when there seemingly should be anxiety.
4.4. Vs. 8 Fruitful in times of drought:
- Anxiety does not win.
- We labor and put up with people who speak evil of us.1 Timothy 4:10 (NKJV) For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
5.1.By taking matters in our own hands only make the path crooked.
• Ela… it is like telling one lie that needs to be covered by another and another until there is a web of lies.
5.2.Trusting is the simplest way to live.
- Not over reacting to the actions of others.
- Not making things bigger than needed.
- Not trying to our craft your enemy.
5.3. A straight path is fruit of a trusting life.
Psalms 20 (ESV) 1 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you! 2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion! 3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah 4 May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! 5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions! 6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. 8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. 9 O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call.
6. The fruit of trusting in man and our abilities is that our heart is pulled away from God.
Jer. 17: 5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Jer. 17: 10 I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways,
Romans 2:6, NIV: God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’
- Do not trust in the strength of man’s ability.
- Even though from our lips might be coming the right words our heart is being pulled away.
- Beginning to rely on one’s own ability and strength is a product of a person’s heart that is turning away.
7. Tie your heart in.
Matthew 6:21 & Luke 12:34 (NKJV) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Proverbs 3:5-10 (ESV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
7.1. Trusting is a matter of engaging the heart.
7.2.Placing your treasures in the Lord hands keeps our heart tied in with Christ.
7.3.Tieing up the things that are important to us with our walk with God.
8. Sin is the result of man’s fall, but only has power when we don’t put our trust in the Lord, The price of sin.
Jer. 17:3 Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory.
8.1.In this life you will pay with your wealth.
8.2.Without our trust in the Lord our wealth just flies away.
Proverbs 23:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease! 5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
8.3.At the end of this life you will pay with your life.
8.4.Or we trust in the Lord since Jesus already paid the price.