Take 5 (February 6-10, 2017)

Download PDF

Lee Walker • Executive Pastor

Can You Trust God?

Proverbs 3:5-10; Malachi 3:8-11

MONDAY: It Sounds So Simple

Proverbs 3:5a

It sounds easy: Trust in the LORD.  But the concept raises very basic questions asked by mankind since history began.  Is God real?  What is He like? Does He care?  Can He help?  Can I trust God?

Solomon, the inspired writer of most of the proverbs, offers no proof and feels no need to explain. Someone reading this will perhaps smile and sigh with pleasant recognition.  You are saying, “Yes.  You can trust God.  He has shown Himself true to me so many times in so many ways.” But others are furrowing a brow.  You are saying, “Good question.  I sometimes don’t know where God is.  How can I trust a distant Lord?”  May the simplicity of this verse minister to us all.  Read it again.  A real, holy, caring, capable God says, “Trust Me.”

Read the first sentence of Prov. 3:5 three times, pausing with thought.

TUESDAY: It Sounds So Complete

 Proverbs 3:5a

Have you ever suffered a broken heart?  Out of context it sounds a little silly, but most of us can relate.  You are probably thinking of a heart-breaking moment just now.  Who is in the picture in your mind?  Probably someone you love… a spouse, a child, a friend.  The more we love someone, the more capable they are to wound us.  We know the vulnerability inherent in love and trust.  Yet, here we have God Himself not only telling us to trust Him, but to do so with all our heart!  The totality God expects can be slightly scary.  “What if God doesn’t know me? What if He doesn’t understand me? What if He lets me down?”  Read it again.  A real, holy, caring, capable God says, “Trust Me, completely.”

Think of the difference between God and the last person who let you down.

WEDNESDAY: It Sounds So Important

Proverbs 3:5-6

Life is a series of choices.  Small choices:  Should I hit the snooze button one more time?  Big choices:  If I’m going to look for another job, when should I turn in my resignation?  Even when we include God in our choices, we may be limiting Him.  After all, usually we have a pretty good idea of where we are headed and all we need from God is a final bit of wisdom.  We narrow the field; we are going to choose either A or B.  “God, which should it be?”  Hmm… maybe God wants all of the alphabet available to Him when directing our paths.  Surely His direction will take account of our personal profile—all that we are.  But He knows us even better than we know ourselves.  Read it again.  A real, holy, caring, capable God says, “Trust Me, I will direct you.”

Offer God the full range of choices when asking for His help.

THURSDAY: It Sounds So Refreshing

Proverbs 3:5-8

Such imagery!  …Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.  Solomon takes advantage of our understanding of what it is like to feel good—physically.  After a walk, after a swim, after a shower?  We all know that feeling.  Who doesn’t want health and strength?  Well, he says, the prescription is straightforward:  Fear the Lord, and depart from evil.  Part of trusting God and turning our paths over to Him involves obedience and directed action.  Living for Him, trusting Him, is not passive.  It is not simply a state of mind.  Rather, it is a lifestyle–a culture of living.  Respect for God and avoidance of sin works wonders for our souls and even shows up in our bodies.  Feels good!  Read it again.  A real, holy, caring, capable God says, “Trust Me; your life will be better.”

Identify a sin you are tempted to commit.  Don’t.

FRIDAY: It Sounds Too Good To Be True

Malachi 3:10

God’s trustworthiness is not only promised, it is proven.  His blessing is described in Prov. 3:9-10, and expressly demonstrated in Malachi 3:10.  The prophet Malachi preached to a people who were robbing God by withholding tithes.  Now think about it.  How can you “steal” from a God who is all powerful and created all that exists?  It is a subtle, but important concept.  They stole from God the privilege of blessing His people.  God delights in His goodness to us.  Our disobedience robs Him and diminishes our relationship.  He wants us to obey because He wants to shower us with goodness and kindness.  Are there tangible, observable results attached to trusting God?  Read it again.  A real, holy, caring, capable God says, “Try me.  I will prove you can trust Me.”

Watch for God’s goodness as your obedience allows Him to bless you.