Proverbs — News From The Source – Part 12
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8
Of all the Proverbs, this is among the most familiar. The command to trust in the Lord with all our hearts brings to mind the meaning of “all our hearts.” Having a fully committed, firm and unwavering trust in the Lord, and not given partially to our own understanding but putting it aside in favor of our commitment of trust in the Lord. My understanding from a human perspective alone may tend to draw me toward a set of actions or attitudes that are in opposition to what the Word of God has said. In that very moment I must choose whose report I will believe, my own limited thinking or experience or the immutable Word of God? If I am fully trusting in the Lord with all my heart, the answer is simple. I choose the report of the Word. My understanding and my experience though valuable in many things should never ascend above the authority of the Word of God.
Choosing to acknowledge God in all our waysis to be aware of His presence with us at all times and of His Love for us that has only our good at heart, and to submit our very lives, choices, words, actions and outcomes to His divine will and authority. When we do these things, He directs us toward the path of success, provision, abundant life and fulfillment.
There is only one source of wisdom and that is from God above. That wisdom is characterized by a specific set of values unique to God but given to us through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17
Pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy, good fruits, without partiality and hypocrisy, these are the attributes of God expressed in Jesus and worked in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
To be wise in our own eyes is to court pride and arrogance that leads to failure and destruction. But, when we fear the Lord we will be empowered to depart from evil. There is a fear of man associated with human laws that come with penalties of prosecution for breaking them. So, we are careful to live within the parameters of the law in order to avoid the judgment against us for transgressing those parameters. Fear of the Lord (the beginning of wisdom) recognizes His authority and power to vaporize us without redress for our sins, but He chooses not to do that because He took the penalty of sin on Himself so we would not have to bear it. So our fear of Him is to respect His grace toward us and not test it or tempt Him by our reckless disregard for His Word, remembering that He said He desires obedience more than sacrifice.
“And Samuel said, Hath the Lords great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Samuel 15:22
Obedience protects and keeps us from floundering about in our faith, being up and full of exuberance one moment and plunged into despair the next.
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive…” Ephesians 4:14
Health to the flesh and strength to the bones is the reward of trusting the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our own understanding; acknowledging Him in all our ways, submitting ourselves to His leading, turning away from our own wisdom in order to humbly fear the Lord and submit ourselves to His Word in order to depart from evil.
Healing is also is a reward of the wisdom that is from above. Trusting in the Lord with all our hearts is the pathway to healing, to health to the flesh and to strength to the bones.
“Father God we pray for faith to trust You fully and completely with all our hearts, and to acknowledge You in all our ways. You know our humanity that we can be wavering and unsteady from time to time and we are given to reacting to our temporary circumstances with anxiety or despair when we don’t see immediate results to our prayers and petitions. But then we hear Your voice in us telling us, as You are now speaking to us, to simply trust You with all our hearts. And so by faith, we will. We choose to trust You. In the midst of our tests and trials, in the midst of the warfare with the enemy, we choose to trust You and to know that we are more than conquerors through the One who loved us, our Lord Jesus Christ. Father, please forgive us for doubting you even for the slightest moment. We choose to believe and trust Your Word that by the stripes of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, our Lord and Savior we are healed. By the promise of Your Word that as we give it is given to us good measure, pressed down shaken together and running over are men giving into our bosoms. By faith we take hold of Your Word and trust that You are supplying all our need according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. We believe by faith that no weapon that is formed against us will prosper and every tongue that arises against us in judgment we will condemn because this is our inheritance as servants of the Lord. Now, Lord we believe that You are now opening up the windows of Heaven and pour us out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And finally, Lord, today we believe and trust in You with all our hearts that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Thank You Father, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit. AMEN and AMEN!