Trust In The Lord

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Trust In The Lord

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)


Do you still remember the story of "Israel Crosses The Jordan" in Joshua 3 and 4? In Joshua 3:4, Joshua gives the children of Israel a very clear instruction, Joshua wants the children of Israel to keep a distance between them and the Ark about a half mile. The children of Israel must keep their eyes on the Ark and wherever the Ark goes, the children of Israel must follow its direction. The Ark speaks about the presence of God and as Joshua instructs the children of Israel, we too shall not run out ahead of the Lord, we must stay back behind Him and follow the very direction He goes if we do not want to get lost. One thing we need to bear in mind, we shall not lean on our own understanding but to follow Him from behind.

 

 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:4 NKJV). This verse is in line with Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) quoted above. Another way of saying it, we must acknowledge His presence and follow Him from behind and never be ahead of Him, He surely will direct our path. The key in Proverbs 3:5-6 is to recognize His presence in our lives, know the direction He goes, do not lean on our understanding but follow the direction He goes.

 

Do you know what the children of Israel built in Gilgal right after they crossed over the Jordan River? The first thing they built was an altar to worship God and not a fortress - this represents absolute trust in Him. Spiritually speaking Altar is a fortress of worship and prayer. Now with the Altar at their site, they can worship and pray to God, the very presence of God becomes their fortress. With that in mind, they will no longer lean on their own understanding. Before they go out for a war or if they encounter any obstacle, they will go back to Gilgal, they will go back to the basis seeking the will of the Lord for them. Are we leaning on our understanding before making any decision or when having any obstacle?

 

How can we say "I have decided to follow Jesus" if we do not recognize His presence in our lives because, in everything we do, we lean on our own understanding? Do we walk when He walks? Do we walk in the direction He goes? Do we stop walking when He stops? Or do we keep walking when He stops and blame Him for the mistakes we make? Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Amen!

 

Harry Lee

Pastor

Restoration Christian Church

1900 South Santa Anita Ave.

Arcadia, CA 91006

www.rccla.org