Inflections 15-16 March 2014: TRUSTING GOD


by Rev. Dominic Yeo

Many times we start off the year well with God, but slowly we get busier and increasingly rely on our own strengths.
The reason we start relying on more on our own strengths is because we do not entirely trust Him with our lives.
So, what does it mean to trust God?

In Proverbs 3:5-8, we are advised to trust in the LORD with all [our] heart, and do not lean on [our] own understanding.
In all [our] ways acknowledge him, and he
will make straight [our] paths.
Be not wise in [our] own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (ESV)

Trusting God is the most fundamental aspect of Christian life and how we go about it will determine our life’s experiences.


“Trust,” in Hebrew, means “to put our entire weight upon.”
When we stand up, we put our entire weight on the floor.
We never wonder whether the floor can handle our weight, but just assumes its ability in doing so.

Similarly, God asks us in Proverbs to trust in Him with all our hearts, putting our entire weight upon Him.
Trusting in the Lord is to trust in who He is-His character, His goodness and His faithfulness.
When we trust in the Lord, we offer a wholehearted devotion to Him.
With such devotion, our eyes look to Him and our hearts trust in Him during the different seasons of our lives.

When we choose not to trust Him, we lean on our own understanding instead.


To “lean”, on the other hand, is to “be supported.”
To lean on our understanding is to be supported by our own assessment or discernment of things, which may be what many of us are doing today.
When we lean on our own understanding, we give a half hearted devotion to God.
We give in and rely to our human nature, which is flawed and unreliable.
By doing this, we set up our lives for failure, disappointment and instability because we rely on a support that is bound to fail.

In verse 7, we are also  told not to be wise in our own eyes and to turn away from evil.
So, when we rely on our own understanding, we try to be wise and make ourselves susceptible to sin and obstacle in our lives.
Every time we do that, we choose not to acknowledge Him in our ways and our paths often seem obstructed.


All of us desire breakthrough in our lives. But how many of us acknowledge Him in everything we do?
Acknowledgement is more than just giving credit to God. It is making God known in our conduct.
In every task we do, we pray for His strength, do it with His excellence and give glory to Him-that other may know that He is Lord over us.

In Matthew 10:32, Jesus says if we acknowledge Him before others, He will acknowledge us before His Father in heaven.
When we make God known in all our ways, God will intervene and provide for us in every circumstance.
Like in Proverb 3:8, there will be healing to [our] flesh and refreshment for [our] bones. (ESV)

As we go about the rest of the year, let us put our trust in God, acknowledge Him in all that we do and He will set our paths straight, releasing up to a life of blessing and breakthrough in Him.

Posted April 17, 2014 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Dominic Yeo, Inflections

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