Trust God. Rarely do I quote Proverbs 3:5-6 in a group of Christians that they do not join in affirmation reciting it with me. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” But quoting and believing the passage are not necessarily the same thing.
If I had a dollar for every time someone in a church has said to me, “I know the Bible says, BUT . . .” And it really does not matter to me how you finish that statement, because the “But” negates the whole comment. If indeed the Bible is God’s Word, and if it is indeed infallible, and it is the truth, then the period to the sentence comes at the end of the “Bible says.” You cannot add but and then put YOUR EXCUSE for unbelief in to follow. So if I had a dollar for sac time, I would have a lot of dollars.
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.” Put all of your apples in that basket, so to speak. Absolutely sell out to the reality of God. God has never once broken a promise, and you will not be the exception. God always does what He says He will do. So when the Bible speaks, because it is God’s Word, God speaks. You can 100% rely on every single promise. Always. No exception.
It is important that we be careful of the sin of idolatry. Proverbs says, “Do not lean on your own understanding.” People say, ‘God gave me enough common sense to know.” In reality, common sense is not very common. Common sense suggests that everything cannot be created out of nothing. Common sense says that a man cannot build a boat and have all the animals, birds, and insects fill it. Common sense says that you cannot cross a body of water as though it is dry land with over a million people. Common sense says that you cannot walk on water or cast out demons. Common sense says that you cannot rise from the dead.
When God says it, you cannot figure it out with your reasoning capacity. So avoid the idolatry of leaning to your own understanding. No wonder Jesus said to wait until when. Wait in Acts 1:4. When in Acts 1:8. Waiting is not doing nothing. It is trusting God to keep His promise. It is trusting God to do what we cannot ever figure out, much less do.
One of the old hymns says, “Only Trust Him.” While there is some truth in there somewhere, I prefer the hymn Trust and Obey, for there is no other way. Take God at His Word and base your entire life on it.