By Dr. Michael Layne
---- — Proverbs 3:5 & 6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Trust is a big five letter word because it means we are relying on someone. We have opened ourselves up to someone and feel assured we are secure in that relationship, whether it be friendship or business. We see banks that use the term trust in their name. They want the public to know their money is secure. Of course it may be secure, but it sure isn’t paying much in dividends in this economy.
Our scripture from Proverbs is giving us an opportunity to look at our relationship with God. The writer says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” for the Christian, regardless your church tradition, one is called to a complete relationship filled with trust. If one has never had a trusting relationship in their lives, it can be difficult to understand how a person can be so trusting of God.
After all, people do people wrong; there are misunderstandings and parents have molested their own children, so how is it that a person can trust anyone let alone God? There is a need for healing in people’s lives so they can move forward.
I can tell you that a person must come to a place where they are not leaning on their own understanding, but seeking out wise counsel from someone who acknowledges the Lord and will help a person find peace and remedy for their loneliness, emptiness and brokenness. Not every counselor has that ability, but there are many who do.
The favorite physician of Queen Victoria once said, “The only remedy for all of life’s ills and woes is through the work and person, Jesus Christ.” Oh, I know, we have become sophisticated and educated to the point that we think we can figure it all out and do it on our own. Truth is, without Christ we are not capable of effecting the kinds of changes that are needed for right living and enjoy a life filled with trust.
Sure, when you have been hurt, it’s tough gaining trust in someone. Our passage admonishes us to, “Not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Here’s the question you must answer: How long am I going to try doing it my way? Has your way of doing things worked? Are you accomplishing your goals? Are you developing relationships that are filled with trust?
I have an old chalkboard with this quote from Norman Vincent Peale: “Try, really try. Think, really think. Believe, really believe.” Try that exercise. Remember, you must be persistent in developing trust because you will probably have some issues to deal with also.
Starting Oct. 9 at 6:30 I will be conducting a series called: “Come Thirsty; Receive what your soul longs for.” We have all been traveling this road of life and we often find ourselves emotionally parched, drained and in need of refreshing. Our level of trust has diminished. I invite you to this series for a time of refreshing.
Remember, trust in the Lord with all your heart.
The Most Rev. Michael Layne, PhD, ThD, can be reached at 812-614-2160 or through www.doclayne.com.
Layne will be guest pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church Sept. 28, 29 and Oct. 5, 6, 7.