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Trust in the Lord Only
Bible Passage Proverbs 3:5-8
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books ISAIAH, Proverbs, Psalm.

Trust in the Lord Only

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 4, 2023

SCRIPTURE 📖
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

7 Do not be wise in your own opinion. Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

8 This will bring healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones.

BACKGROUND
Everyone needs help in one way or the other. Especially when one is in doubt or skeptical, or anxious, they need something to trust or rely on.

Some trust money. Some trust governments. Other people trust luck or fate. You might trust your family or your church. Sometimes all these things will fail. But God never fails. ‘God is like a castle. We are safe with him, because he is strong. He is always with us. He protects us whenever there are troubles.’ (Psalm 46:1)

But we must trust God not partly or haphazardly but wholly with all our heart. Perhaps you trust God sometimes, but not at other times. Some people become Christians, but do not trust God with their whole hearts. God is part of their lives, but only part. Maybe they want God at home, but not at work.

God wants our whole hearts. We should always desire his wisdom. He wants us to live as Christians at work and at home and elsewhere. We must trust God, even when our lives are difficult.

‘Do not depend on your own intelligence!’ God is wiser than we are. We may know many things, but God knows everything. We must not be proud. We must not imagine that we are wiser than God.

Verse 7 mentions ‘your own wisdom’ and verses 5 mentions ‘your own intelligence’. Those are the wrong ones.

There is a difference between our own wisdom and God’s wisdom. Also, there is a difference between our own intelligence and God’s intelligence. God is wiser than we are, and more intelligent than any person is. Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

All true wisdom comes from God. Our own ideas may be good. But they are never better than God’s wisdom.

God teaches His wisdom to us. It is God’s gift to us. Do not confuse your own ideas with God’s wisdom!

If our own ideas fail us, it can lead to psychological and emotional troubles. These can lead to alcoholism and it’s attendant problems.
Sometimes our wrong ideas cause illnesses.
But God’s wisdom does not hurt us. God is kind to us and He helps us. He cares about our bodies. He also cares about our spirits. Nobody will be ill in heaven (Revelation 21:4).

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Human beings and all other machines will fail. We rather need to depend on God

🔷 The future is unknown, and the only way to safeguard it is to depend wholly on God

🔷 Everything else can fail, except the wisdom and power of God

🔷 When we do not rely on God, we may get sick and malnourished in the end

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Pray that you will depend on God wholly
💥 Ask God to teach and lead you in all your endeavours

CONCLUSION📙
Instead of trusting in our own wisdom and ability, we must rather live in an attitude of reverential trust in God, to be assured that God will direct us in all their affairs. God will remove obstacles and lead us to our desired goals.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections