Message From Matt | October 26, 2018

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  – Proverbs 3:5-6

I know that these verses get used often as a reminder and a source of hope, but I wonder if we really understand them.  At first glance there doesn’t seem to be anything hard to understand with these verses – 
just trust God, not yourself!  But be honest…how much do you really trust God?  How much do you rely on you to figure things out?  Sadly, in my life, even growing up in a Christian environment, there have been many times that I have to say that I relied on self more than God and maybe that’s you too!  I am sure that I am not alone.  I think that this is a universal struggle that we all have but why is this even a struggle?  Is it because we do not know how to balance trusting God with the biblical mandate to also be a good steward and hard worker?  After all, the Bible says that if you don’t work, you shouldn’t eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).  It’s engrained in hard workers to do just that…work hard!  But shouldn’t it be engrained in God’s children to trust in Him?
Growing trust!
This is going to sound too simple because in writing it is simple…our trust in God grows by believing in God’s Word in the good times and the bad times!  Our trust in God grows by spending time with Him in prayer and reading His Word!  Our trust in God grows when we don’t leave our faith but stick it out to see what He does!  
He’s directing even when you don’t see it!
There’s another truth to consider – God is working in and on you even if you don’t see it!  How many times have you looked back on situations that you once struggled with in amazement at what God did for you to get you out of the struggle?  Maybe it only took a little time or maybe it was a long process, but no matter, God was working out His purpose for you! I have had many times like this in my adult life and I can say what David said, “
I have been young, and now am old (middle age for me); yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” (Psalm 37:25) If you have lived long or not so long, you have had struggles, but He was working through your struggles, even when you didn’t see it!  
Why didn’t we see it?
Maybe we just need to clean our glasses!  
I just had dinner tonight with a friend and his young boys and one of the boy’s wears glasses.  The son came from the indoor playground to get a drink at our table and my friend noticed that his glasses were dirty, but his son didn’t think so!  To him, his glasses were fine.  But the dad cleaned them anyway, gave them back to his son and he went back to play!  The son then realized how dirty his glasses really were, he just didn’t know it!
The son with the dirty glasses is so much like me!  I can go through life looking though my own lenses and think I see clearly, but my vision gets clouded and hard to see what’s really around me!  I need to have my spiritual glasses cleaned!  I need to be washed by the water of the Word and get to know God in greater ways!  With clean spiritual glasses, I see my own sin more clearly and I am able to do something about it sooner.  With clean spiritual glasses, I see what God is doing in my life!  With clean spiritual glasses, I am able to be a better influence on those around me!  With clean spiritual glasses, I am able to trust in the Lord with all my heart and get to know Him in a deeper level than before!
Knowing God is more than knowing Bible facts!  Knowing God is spending time talking with Him!  It’s spending time thinking about Him and trusting in Him!  Let’s do everything that we can to get to know Him…in doing so we will trust Him!