READ : Proverbs 3:1-8
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. (v. 5)
Oswald Chambers said, “Beware of refusing to go to the funeral of your own independence.” Is there anything more important in the Christian life than relinquishing self and trusting God? We’ve sung “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way” for years, and yet this is a lesson we struggle to learn. We had our camp staff memorize verse five, not only because it’s the central truth we hoped to teach young people; it’s the central truth of our lives.
Novelist Frederick Buechner tells the story of when, during a difficult point in his life, he was sitting in his car “sick with anxiety, depressed, and doom-ridden.” Another car came along with a personalized license plate that said on it the one word he most needed to hear at that moment: TRUST. The license plate now hangs on a wall in his home, as holy a relic as ever there was. The plate belonged to a bank trust officer, who presented it to Buechner after reading about the incident. To Buechner, though, the message on the license plate wasn’t a coincidence. It was a miracle—“I had turned up at the right place at the right time. I had been expected.”
God keeps his promises. God can be trusted.
Lord, help us to trust and obey.