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May 4, 2016, 8:45 AM

Verse Of The Day

I have a Bible app on my phone that gives me a verse of the day. Today's verse is a powerful and life-changing verse if we will apply it to our lives. It's from Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord will all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

It's not hard to break this passage down and find life-application. 

Trust in the Lord

I preached a sermon this past week at our church about tithing. The main thing that keeps people from faithfully giving to God is a lack of trust in God. We're not sure he will take care of us so we make sure we take care of ourselves. If we are ever going to grow in our walk with God we've got to trust him. We've got to trust him enough to obey what he says. We've got to trust that he knows better than we do. 

Lean not on your own understanding

This goes perfectly with trust. When we don't trust God we trust ourselves and our own judgment...bad idea. Proverbs has another verse that goes well this. It's found in Proverbs 14:12, There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. There are many ideas and beliefs that seem really good on the surface, but once we go try them out we watch them fail. In everything in our life we need to seek God and his guidance, trusting that he knows better than we do. 

In all your ways submit to him

You can seek God's will. You can read the Bible. You can go to church and listen intently to the sermons. But if you don't submit your will to God's will nothing will ever change. It's a word we really don't like...surrender. We must surrender our will to God's. Paul describes it in Galatians 2:20 as being "crucified with Christ...I no longer live but Christ lives in me." This is exactly what Jesus did when he prayed in the Garden that this cup or mission could pass from him. The human side of Jesus did not want to go through with all of it, but he ultimately surrendered to God and said, "not my will but yours." There is some powerful change that can happen in our lives if we'll submit, but it's easier said than done. 

He will make your paths straight

All throughout Scripture there is a theme...obedience to God brings blessings. If you will trust God more than yourself and submit your will to his your life will be blessed. 

I get to talk to people all the time that are struggling with this. They come to me about their marriage, or their relationship with their kids, or their own personal battles. The advice I give over and over again is you've got to do things God's way. I have the same struggle. We are pretty high on our own intelligence and our own problem-solving skills. But ultimately if we live life our way it's going to end up disaster. 

God has always shown us both choices...serve him or serve ourselves. He's also clearly shown the consequences and rewards of both choices. I really hope you take this passage above seriously and try to live this way. If you do your life will never be the same...and that's a good thing!

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