Trust in Him
Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Fear is an interesting concept for so many people. For at least an equal number it is often viewed as something negative and to be avoided. For instance, there are some that have a fear of heights and they don’t like to drive across bridges in a lane that they may be able to look over the side. Others may be afraid of spiders or snakes and run away from either of them if they see one or both. Still others may be afraid of speaking in front of others or even of leaving their house. We are conditioned to have a fight or flight response to fear.
Adam Pascarella, in an article he wrote entitled, “A Former Navy SEAL on Mastering Fear”, interviewed Brandon Webb. Brandon argues “that knowing what matters is an extremely critical—arguably the most important—part of the process. Why is this? Knowing what matters in your life helps put things into perspective. It helps to reframe your thinking.” So, what matters to you?
Solomon frames what matters to him as he pens the book of Proverbs. Rather quickly, in 1:7 he provides a theme for the entire book, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Prov. 1:7 ESV) As one commentator mentions, “Here in this verse and throughout Proverbs the fear of the Lord means to respect and believe the Lord.” It is going to take a little thought, but hang in here, you will get a good return on this investment.
The word “beginning” is the same one that is used in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning…”, literally it means the first in an order of events. Without this then, nothing else may happen. Think of the root of a plant or tree, without which the plant or tree would not be able to survive. Some translations may be used to come up with the following phrase, “If a person wants to gain wisdom, the root of it is honoring the Lord.”
Chapter 3:5-6 starts an interesting section of this book wherein the responsibility is now on us, the learner so to speak, and no longer on the Lord. To trust literally means that we are to rely on, depend on, or even have confidence in. Another way to think of this is to figuratively consider that this may involve putting your heart into the hands of someone else, in this case God’s. It seems as though God would be a good object for us to do that with. We either acknowledge that He is worthy of our trust based on whether we have the wisdom that Solomon talked about in 1:7 or we take on this role ourselves.
What matters most to you? What is your beginning or root? Are you willing to model a life lived by faith focused on someone that you trust implicitly like God or are you defaulting to allowing your fear and impatience to put you in control of your life and situation? One way a fool takes, and another way leads God showing you what to do.