Trusting in God Proverbs 3:1-6 Introduction • Words written by the wisest mortal who ever lived • Words approved by God • Advice that will produce favor with God and add length of days and peace to our lives- v.2 & v.4 • Addressed to the young- “ My son” • But appropriate and needful for those of all ages • Particularly the exhortation to trust in Jehovah • That is what I want to study with you this morning What Is Trust? • A word that is often used today • Trust is an expression of genuine faith • We trust people and things in which we believe • It is confidence and reliance that others will do what they say or what we expect from them • Trust is shown by our actions • What we are willing to commit to those we trust Things in which People Trust • People trust in many different things • But Solomon is referring to our greatest trust • Which determines our decisions and directs our lives 1. Some trust in themselves - Prov. 28:26 & Lk. 18:9 2. Some trust in other people- II Ki. 18:21 & I Tim. 6:7 3. Others trust in wealth and possessions- Prov. 11:28 • Solomon says we should put our trust in God Trusting in God • Involves confidence in His words • Relying on His promises • Submission to His will and His law • Allowing Him to direct our path • A complete trust – “with all your heart” (V5) • A comprehensive trust- “in all your ways” (V6) • Which causes us to commit our life and all we that have to His care- II Tim. 1:12 When It is Easy to Trust in the LORD 1. During good times and favorable circumstances 2. Concerning things that we like to hear • That God loves us and cares for us personally • That we are part of His family- Eph. 2:19 3. Concerning things that bring us gain or comfort • That God will forgive our sins • And will give us an eternal inheritance- I Pet.1:4 • We can easily trust God’s word in these matters When It Is More Difficult to Trust In the LORD-1 1. When His way is not the popular way • It usually isn’t the way of the majority- Mt. 7:14 2. When it is contrary to what I want to do 3. When it requires sacrifice on our part- Matt. 10:37-38 4. In times of financial loss, serious illness or loss of a loved one 5. When it may bring ridicule, exclusion or punishment- Jn. 12:42 & I Pet. 4:16 When It Is More Difficult to Trust In the LORD-2 • Being Jesus’ disciple is not always easy • These more difficult situations are the times that try our faithI Pet. 1:7 • They show whether we walk by faith or just talk the faith • Job’s lost his wealth, family, and his health • He couldn’t understand why he was suffering • But he still trusted in God- Job 13:15 Reasons for Trusting in God-1 1. He is omniscient • Knows us better than we know ourselves • Knows what we really need • Knows what is best for us in all situations • Knows what will bring genuine happiness • Knows what will strengthen our faith • Knows what will prepare us for Heaven Reasons for Trusting in God-2 2. God is omnipotent • There is nothing too difficult for Him • He able to do anything and everything we need • No matter what our situation may be • Supplied Elijah and the widow- I Ki.17:13-15 • He is still able to provide for his children today- Phil. 4:19 Reasons for Trusting in God-3 3. His great love for us • His love is eternal • He planned for our salvation- I Pet.1:20 • Gave His only Son to accomplish it- Jn. 3:16 • His love is unselfish and constant • He will not withhold any good thing from us- Rom. 8:32 • All that He does is for our eternal good Reasons for Trusting in God-4 4. God is faithful • People whom we trust sometimes prove unfaithful- II Tim. 4:10 • God is completely dependable- I Thess. 5:24 • Has kept every promise He has ever made • And will do so in the future • He will never disappoint those who trust in Him • Nor will He ever forsake them- Heb 13:5 In Conclusion • It is a great comfort and encouragement to trust in One so mighty and so loving • Who will never fail nor forsake us • But will provide comfort and help at all times • He will lead us in the way that is best for us now and will provide eternal life in the future • Have you put your trust in Christ? • If not, won’t you do so now?