Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
What It Means to Trust God
Most people are familiar with Proverbs 3:5-6. Solomon was a wise man, and he left behind a lot of wisdom for us to live by. Almost everybody knows how to quote that familiar scripture, but do they really know what it means to trust God?
- To trust God is to walk with God. Walking with God means agreeing with God. The Bible asks the question, “How can two walk together unless they agree?” (Amos 3:3)
- To trust God means to obey God because obedience is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22)
- Trusting God means believing like Noah that you can build an ark even at a time when it didn’t rain.
- Trusting God means walking through the Red Sea and expecting the water to recede so millions of people can walk through on dry land.
- Trusting God means giving away your last meal to the man of God without knowing how you will get more. That’s what the widow did when she had only a small piece of bread and a little oil. She trusted what God would do. So, she gave Elisha her last meal and she was able to eat for many days.
- Trusting God means going into the lion den like Daniel knowing that with God on your side, the lion would lie down and not bother you.
- Trusting God means going willingly into the fiery furnace like the three Hebrew boys and not being afraid and being able to say even if God doesn’t save you, you will be with him. It is having faith that a fourth man will come into the fire with you, and that man will be Jesus.
- Trusting God means wrestling with God like Jacob and telling him you are not going to let Him go until He blesses you.
- Trusting God means going behind the veil into the Holy of Holies and bowing down to God.
- Trusting God means saying like Mary when she was told she was going to have a baby without having an intimate relationship with a man. She said she did not understand it, but nevertheless at thy word.
- Trusting God means waiting for God’s timing. Elizabeth and Zechariah wanted a child in their old age, Besides, Elizabeth was barren until God opened up her womb for her to have John the Baptist who was born before Jesus. The timing was perfect even though it didn’t seem like it to them. For instance, their son was born to be the forerunner of Jesus.
Jesus trusted His Father to give up His life in heaven and come to earth to save us from our sins.
Difference Between God Can and God Will
When it comes to trust, no doubt we believe God CAN, but do we believe that God WILL? There is a big difference. We believe God can cause the moon to come between the sun and earth to cause a solar eclipse where darkness comes in the middle of the day. Only God can do that. And only God did that.
It happened on Monday, August 21, 2017 when people in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina saw a total eclipse and people in the rest of the states saw a partial eclipse.
Seeing the photos of people looking up at the sky should have reminded people of the time Jesus ascended from the earth and returned to His Father, according to the Book of Acts. He promised He would come back the same way.
It should have also reminded believers that when Jesus was born at night and it turned to day because His star was shining in the sky. Also, when Jesus died on the cross, it was during the day and it turned to night.
The Meaning of Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
The very first word is TRUST. If you look up the word in the dictionary, you will find that trust means faith, belief, confidence, reliance, and dependence.
If you go to the Bible in reference to trust, you will discover that trust is more than quoting a scripture. Trust is believing in something or someone with everything you have. It is going deep down inside your soul believing that God is in charge of you and everything you do.
Notice where the trust belongs. It is in God and not in people. People may have good intentions. They might go out of their way to help you when you are in trouble, but sometimes things don’t work out with people. They fail us in the long run, but that doesn’t happen when we trust God with all our heart. Solomon told us to TRUST God with all our heart.
The next part of the instruction tells us what not to do. LEAN NOT on your own understanding. No matter how much we think we know or how smart and wise we think we are, our understanding is limited when it comes to the understanding and wisdom of God. God can see what we can’t see. God knows things we will never know. Therefore, we should rely on Him.
Therefore, Solomon tells us to lean not on what we know or what we think we know. Leaning on something is taking your weight off of yourself and putting it all on someone else. We are to lean on God just like we trust God. God wants us to lean on Him instead of on our own understanding. We should not be wise in our own eyes. Instead, we should bring all our indecisions to God. We should present all our questions to God. We should be assured that if we Trust God and lean on God that things will be for us as God wants them to be.
In all thy ways simply means in every area of your life. It is not limited to Sunday morning or mid-week Bible Study. Not just at church but at work, at school, in the grocery store, at the bank, post office, or wherever you go...in all thy ways.
God wants our 100%. He wants us to acknowledge Him and not forget all His benefits, according to Psalm 103:1.
To acknowledge God is to know that God is love. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
God is omniscient meaning that he is all knowing. God is omnipotent meaning that he is all powerful and God is all omnipresent meaning that God is everywhere. We have to acknowledge those things to others about God.
Not that God wants to pay tic for tac with us, but in Proverbs 3:5-6, He gave us two things to do and one thing not to do and He said he will do one thing.
- We are to trust in the Lord with all our heart.
- We are to lean not to our own understanding.
- We are to acknowledge God in all our ways.
And God will direct our paths. Notice there is an “s” on paths. That means we can have more than one path in life, but they should all lead to straight to God.
So, what does it means to trust God?
Trusting God means to have faith which is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
No doubt everybody has a measure of faith and trust God to a certain extent. But people get to a point and don’t go any further.
We trust God that day follows night and fall comes after summer. We trust God that if we keep living, we will get old. We trust God that when we have a cold, we will get well. However, when we have a more serious illness, we don’t trust God as much.
God wants us to trust Him in all situations. God is a BIG God and He considers all problems the same. Solomon, the writer of Proverbs 3:5-6, tells us to trust God with every fiber of our being.
Jesus Knew What It Was Like to Trust God
There is someone who knew what it was like to trust God. It was His Son, Jesus Christ who did nothing without getting the OK from His Father. In fact, Jesus said, “My Father and I are one.” He said, “If you have seen me, you have seen My Father.” He lets us know that He abides in His Father and His Father abides in Him.
Jesus went to the cross trusting God. He had prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane about going to the cross. He had gotten assurance from his Father that He would be crucified on Friday and God would raise Him from the grave on the third day.
Conclusion and Life Application
We need to trust God just as Jesus did. He took time from the crowds to spend time with God just as we should do. When we spend time with God, it is easier to trust Him.
It is easier to trust Him with all our heart. It is easier to lean not to our own understanding. It is easier to acknowledge Him in all our ways and we can be assured that He will direct our paths.
Please listen to the video below to hear the words and to see God's creation through images.
Carolyn Richardson on August 29, 2017:
Rev Minnicks, thank you once again for the scripture, Trust in the Lord..., which is my favorite that helps me thru no matter what and in spite of me. I so appreciate your God given talent in the way you break down the "meat" of each word/phrase. TRUST IN THE LORD is what I tell myself to TRUST HIM..I can fall short of my TRUST but I'm reminded by the word TRUST. You said it so well. Shalom and GOD Bless you....
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 28, 2017:
Thanks so much, Dora Isaac Weithers, for reading my sermon all the way in the Caribbean. God promised me that He would use me to reach the masses that I don't even know, according to Isaiah 55:5. Blessings to you!
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 28, 2017:
"We believe God CAN, but do we believe that God WILL? " Thanks for the illustrations and explanations on what it means to trust God. Helpful and timely.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on August 27, 2017:
James W. Nelson, thanks for reading the sermon I preached today. Three little girls do sing it. On YouTube there are a lot of people who sing it.
I started writing for HubPages in 2011. Then I started writing for other sites and am still getting paid for evergreen content on HubPages. I am glad I never gave it up.
I would like to see more of your writing on HubPages.
James W. Nelson from eastern North Dakota on August 27, 2017:
Loved the song! I was thinking 3 little girls sang it and then the pic came up (Not three little girls.)
Hi, Revmjm, it's been forever since I've been to HubPages, but you look to be one of the first people to comment on one of my hubs, years and years ago.
I hope you are doing well,
James W. Nelson aka SubRon7