Proverbs 22 5-22-19

Living with the consequences of our own actions is not something we do very well. The LORD would save us from much of them.

19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,

Learning to trust the LORD is pretty much all of life after salvation. There is a process through which each of us walks:

  1. Rebellion- We want to do things our way because we don’t trust God.
  2. Sin- Our rebellion leads us into sin, which separates us from God.
  3. Pride- We refuse to admit that we are wrong and come back to God.
  4. Conviction- The Spirit comes to us and reveals God’s love and grace.
  5. Repentance- We turn from our selfish ways and our sin and trust Him for forgiveness and salvation.
  6. New Life- The Spirit comes into our lives and we are born again!
  7. Walking in the Spirit- We walk with Him each day as new creations that are learning to trust Him and be like Him.

Understanding the process helps us to KNOW how things work and builds trust. KNOWING helps us to DISCERN our present circumstances. DISCERNMENT involves listening to Him as He reveals to us where we are, what we are doing, and where to go next and what to do next. Walking with Him in trust requires FAITH based upon His promises. What promises?

  1. He came to seek and to save those who are lost.
  2. Those who come to Him in repentance will not be turned away.
  3. He gives new life to all who receive Him.
  4. He comes to live in us forever!
  5. He is making us like Him and preparing us for heaven.
  6. He has gone to prepare a place for us.
  7. He will return for us and take us to be with Him!

In the meantime, we are to focus on Him, His Plan, and His will for each moment of each day. Walking with Him is 24/7.

We’ve talked about the “What.” Let’s talk about the “How.” How do we learn to trust the LORD?

Do we believe that He has our best interests at heart? Will He meet our needs according to His riches in glory? If so, then we must consider the riches of this world as deterrents (hindrances, obstacles, shackles) of spiritual riches. Worldly riches can’t be our number one priority.

Solomon understood. If we trust the LORD to supply our every NEED, then we will not be tempted to “exploit the poor…and crush the needy in court” (v.22), or to “shake hands in pledge or put up security for debts” (v.26) just to make an extra buck. We will not be tempted to use double standards or cheat in order to get more wealth (v.28). Instead, we will work skillfully and trust the LORD to provide what we need, which includes timing and opportunity (v.29). It’s all according to His will, which is all about bringing others to Himself.

Life is a journey. Let’s move over and let Him drive. He knows the vehicle [life], the [spiritual] laws , and the destination [heaven–including the stops along the way]. Trust Him. He’s got this!

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