“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 your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your body, and refreshment to your bones. Honor the Lord from your wealth, and from the first of all your produce; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine.  My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, or loathe His reproof, for whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights.”  (Proverbs 3:5-12)

       The proverbs are an excellent source to turn to for guidance and instruction that can be used in our daily lives.  In these eight verses alone are a wealth of wisdom that we can all learn from.  First, we are advised to keep our attention focused on the Lord at all times, to seek God’s wisdom and not rely on our own limited understanding.  If we trust God in this manner, He will show us the way to live and bring healing and refreshment into our lives.

      Secondly, we are reminded to honor God not just inwardly, but outwardly as well, by turning away from evil and by supporting the ministry of the church financially, not with our leftovers, but as our primary obligation.  And again, God’s blessings are promised to those who serve Him wholeheartedly.

      In the final two verses, God’s blessings are balanced with His discipline, as it should be.  The life of a child of God is not a life of reckless abandon, but a life of service and obedience that leads to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  When we face the trials of life and know not where to turn, lean on Jesus for comfort and guidance and know that the firm, loving hand of God will see us through to a better place. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength and the blessed peace of God will be with you always. 

            To God be the glory through His son Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Lord. Amen.

                                                                                                                                                  -Pastor Chad