March 12, 2020 – Proverbs 3:5-7

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. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Proverbs 3:5-7.

Why place our trust in God? God asked Job these questions? “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,  when the morning stars sang together  and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7.

The first time I read this portion of Job, I realized the immensity of the majesty and power of our Lord God.  Reading Ephesians 1:4-5, it became personal to me. Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love,  He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.

For You are great and do wondrous things; You alone are God.  Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.  Psalm 86:10-11.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.  We love because He first loved us.  I John 4: 18-19.

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of His reproof,  for the Lord reproves him whom He loves, as a father the son in whom He delights. Proverbs 3:11-12.