The Lifelong Blessings of Trusting in the Lord by John Barnett

The Lifelong Blessings of Trusting in the Lord
John Barnett
Proverbs 3:5-6

From cover to cover God's Word consistently contrasts the two pathways of life.

Two Paths

Today as men we need to reaffirm our commitment to God's Path.

In the New Testament Jesus talked about the ''broad road'' to destruction and the ''narrow pathway'' that leads to life (Mt. 7:13-14). In the Old Testament the description of the two pathways is no less visually graphic. Listen to Proverbs 4:14-19 (NKJV):

Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on.
16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.

So there again is God's summary of life. Each day people walk His path of light that is shining brighter and brighter, headed to the perfect day of being like Him, with Him, and home at last. Or, they walk that other path, it is evil, wicked, violent, dark, and makes them stumble.

Staying on God's Path

For us as followers of God, that shining pathway began at salvation. In Proverbs that pathway is most beautifully laid out in one of the simplest and most beloved verses in the Bible. Here it is, can you say it with me?

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

This verse summarizes the Godward Life we as believers are to have. Each phrase describes one element of a godly walk.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart = this life starts with the clinging, trusting, believing faith, that leads to a personal relationship with God. T ...


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