By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
TRUSTING: WHAT IS IT?
Text: Proverbs 3:1-7.
Trust is more often something we do when we have exhausted all of our efforts.
We often feel that God is not really interested in us until we are in a "bind."
In these thoughts, let's look at this section of the Proverbs and see if we can better understand TRUST.
TRUST INVOLVES THE HEART - PROV. 3:1.
Teaching - instruction.
By the Book - Heb. 11:1.
By experience - Illustration: Little boy on roof...
God commands some things to teach us not to trust in our immaturity.
Ephesians 6:1f - Obey vs. Honor.
TRUST WILL SUPPLY OUR NEEDS - PROV. 3:2.
Prolong life - trust removes the worry.
Worry - anxiety - "A mental picture of what we do not want to see happen."
Prosperity - supply needs.
Prosperity is a relative term.
TRUST IS PERPETUAL - PROV. 3:3.
Never leave you.
Once you learn to trust - it doesn't quit unless the one you are trusting fails you - (God does not fail).
Must be maintained - "bind them..."
TRUST IS NOTICEABLE - PROV. 3:4.
Wins favor - others take notice.
Wins good name...
The most powerful evangelistic tool we have is our trust.
TRUST DOES NOT HAVE TO BE UNDERSTOOD - PROV. 3:5.
We often try to trust our own ability to understand.
McGuiggan - "Try not to lean too heavily on explanations."
Job did not understand.
Abraham did not understand.
TRUST PUTS GOD IN THE CENTER - PROV. 3:6-7.
Acknowledge His power - work - v. 6.
Trust His wisdom - v. 7.
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