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Summary: PROVERBS – Wisdom for Right Living #4 Depend fully upon God alone; in everything rely upon God with absolute confidence and hope.

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INTRODUCTION:

Ready to Fall—Ready to Catch: Have some of the kids fall backwards being caught by their parents. Trust develops naturally in an environment of love.

This morning we are “Learning to Trust God;” this is the 4th message in the series from Proverbs: Wisdom for Right Living. We’ll be looking at the 6th key to having wisdom for our daily lives, but before we do let’s quickly review the first five.

Key #1: Start with God; Fear the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7)

Here is the foundation to wisdom: you must begin with your personal relationship with God with the fear of the Lord. Remember, the fear of the Lord is active; our lives will be changed from the inside out.

Key #2: Learn wisdom from those who fear the Lord. (Proverbs 1:8-19)

Don’t go it alone. Surround yourself with those who fear the Lord.

Key #3: Answer wisdom’s call; wisdom is found in our daily choices. (Proverbs 1:20-21)

Jesus gives us wisdom in our daily routine; He reveals the mind of God for our lives. Wisdom is not earned it is practiced daily.

Key #4: Remember the Law of the Harvest; consequences follow your actions. (Proverbs 1:22-33)

Blessings for those who fear the Lord:

1. You will receive God’s Spirit.

2. You will be kept safe and receive God’s peace.

Key #5: Let authentic love lead you everyday; make love your guide and your motive. (Proverbs 3:3-4)

Love should be used only in the context of relationships; we should express our love for God and other people—not things.

Don’t limit who you love. Love should be given to anyone with the capacity to return love—that’s everyone.

Proverbs 3:5-8 [5] Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; [6] in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. [7] Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. [8] This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (NIV)

Key #6: Depend fully upon God alone; in everything rely upon God with absolute confidence and hope. (Proverbs 3:5-8)

Remember what I said at the beginning with our kids? Trust develops naturally in an environment of love. Let me put it another way: TRUST IS A LEARNED BEHAVIOR.

Susie is one of the most trustworthy people I know; I trust her with my life. Imagine she is in a long line at the bank. The individual behind her is holding $1,000 cash with a completed deposit ticket. This person is obviously anxious and in a hurry, so Susie politely offers to help; “if you are just depositing your money I could take care of it for you.” What do you think the odds are for a complete stranger to hand over $1,000 and then go on with their day without giving a second thought to their money? Yet is Susie any less trustworthy if the individual refuses to give her his/her money to deposit? No, the person just has not learned to trust Susie. (You say, “What are the odds of something like that happening?” I handed my deposit to a woman at the bank while I was waiting in line on Friday for her to take care of for me.)

Trust doesn’t come naturally to any of us; trust has to be learned. In the same way we learn to trust our parents or other people in our lives we must also learn to trust God.


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