Trust in, lean on and acknowledge the Lord
REV. RUBY ANN DARLING
Published: May 30, 2013
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
This is one of the many memory verses we learnt in Sunday School and Bible class since we were very young.
They were the days of Bible drills, dedicated Sunday school teachers, church discipline and regard for mankind and fear of God. They were the days when the walls reverberated with the prayers of the saints. They were the days when the songs and hymns were held tightly in one’s memory and there was no time for leakage due to stress and strain of life. They were the days when the pastor was more interested in the saving of souls than the time for tithes and offerings. Yes, they were the days when it was not about titles, but salvation, and oh yes, numbers did not matter as long as two or three were gathered in His name.
There are many who despise the very thought of the way things were, and any semblance of making reference to how it used to be. They say that they don’t want to be carried down memory lane. But the older I get, the more I appreciate as it was in the beginning, it is now and ever shall be. No matter what, the Word of God will never change. Time will bring on changes.
It was a blessing for me to hear Bishop Kirkwood Murphy speak recently on “The Word of God.” What else is there for whoever, whenever, wherever, whatever and however? The miracle cure for dry bones is the Word of God. When economic, social, educational and national bones become dry, there must be a voice to speak out for the betterment of all.
I’ll say it again and again, the Book of Proverbs is a common sense tablet to be taken daily. While we work feverishly to reach heaven, in many cases we do not have the foggiest idea as to what our purpose on earth is. Like my late father said there is no sense like living sense.
In our text today, there are three instructions for success both spiritually and morally: trust in, lean not, acknowledge him.
Sometime ago there was a very popular political slogan – “It’s a matter of trust.” It was heralded far and near, and supporters accepted it, but then there were some who said it was a matter of mistrust rather than trust. However at the end of the day, it is only those who trust in the living God with all their hearts and not in horses or chariots who will receive the blessings that God has in store.
How many of you as you read have been dealt heavy blows of disappointment, frustration and confusion because you put your trust in that which appeared to be gold, but turned out only to be gold-coated?
Lean not: I remember again when we were young, there were instances when a boy had two girlfriends and if by chance you were walking and passed by in his car, the girl in the car would get very close and lean on his shoulder. For that moment in time she was letting it be known she was the head girl. We are being advised that we are not to rely on only what we know or think we know. God alone gives wisdom for every seen and unseen situation, and He is the wind beneath our wings.
Acknowledge him. Never are we to be ashamed of letting the world know we are children of the most high God. It is a bad feeling to be left out of the loop. Many people conveniently hurt others by ignoring their presence when it is almost customary to do so. They keep spite, malice and envy in their hearts and it becomes so visible to others. In every situation, we must give praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Wherever we go, it is our duty to remember the Lord. We may by way of human frailty forget names and faces, but we should never forget God is our creator and giver of life and nature. In so doing He will always steer us in the right direction.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Lean not unto thine own understanding. Acknowledge him in all thy ways, and he shall direct thy paths. This, my dear readers is not just food for thought, but food for consumption, health, wealth and eternal life.
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