Trust (8 of 8) by Jonathan McLeod

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Trust (8 of 8)
Series: Wise Steps
Jonathan McLeod
Proverbs 3:5-6

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


Proverbs is a book that counsels us to take wise steps. Taking wise steps (i.e., obeying God's instructions) requires trust in God.

[Read Proverbs 3:1-8.]


This month I have been doing some renovations in my basement. [Show picture of the wall that was built.] One of the most important tools that I used in this project was my stud finder.

When you use a stud finder you have to trust that it knows what's behind a wall (because you can't see with your eyes what's behind the wall). To ''trust'' in something is to ''put your confi-dence'' in that thing.


Trusting isn't easy. Proverbs 3:5 says, ''Trust in the LORD with all your heart'' (v. 5a). The He-brew word for ''trust'' (batah) is often used for a foolish kind of trust. For example, Psalm 52:7 says, ''See the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and sought refuge in his own destruction!'' The object of one's trust determines if that trust is wise or foolish. It's foolish to trust in a false god like ''the abundance of riches.'' But it's wise to trust in ''in the LORD.''

Trusting in the LORD is the WISE WAY to live.

We are to trust in the LORD ''with all [our] heart.'' In the English language, we distinguish be-tween the ''heart'' (emotions) and the ''mind'' (intellect). But in the OT, the ''heart'' (leb) is ''the center of a person's emotional-intellectual-religious-moral activity.'' In the OT, the heart thinks. For example, Proverbs 16:9 says, ''The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.''

So Proverbs 3:5 is not talking about an irrational trust (i.e., a separation of the intellect from trust). It's not sayi ...

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