What Will You Fear, Love, and Trust This Year?
My son, do not forget my teaching, but let you heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. 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. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. 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: 1–12
You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things. The First Commandment
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Whom do you trust?
It seems like a silly question, but in fact it’s pretty deep. We may say we trust someone, but do we really? If you need to step out of your room for a minute, and you tell your class, “I trust you’ll behave while I’m gone,” do you really mean it? Maybe so, but probably not. This sort of trust is a kind of hope—as in, “I hope you won’t destroy this room while I’m gone.”
Trust is tricky. It’s built slowly over a long period of time, and it’s lost quickly. You may have a fellow teacher who’s shown you over the years that he or she is reliable, and you may trust that person. You may be friendly with other fellow teachers. You may love them as friends or respect them as colleagues. But you may not trust that they’ll always come through for you. There’s a big difference.
This brings us to the final point of the explanation to the First Commandment. We are to trust in God above all things. Understandably, this isn’t always easy. We know God has a plan for how we should live as His creatures, but it’s often easier to sin and simply trust what feels or seems right for us in the moment.
Yet God gives us more than enough reason to trust in Him. He is the God who created the heavens and the earth, so we fear Him above all; He is the God who has forgiven and called us to be His own, so we love Him above all. We turn to our own understanding when we forget these two truths. We trust in God when we remember that He’s God and we’re not. He may not tell us why this or that bad thing happens. When tragedy strikes, it’s usually not revealed to us exactly why. But we are to trust that, in all things, God is still God. The promise to forgive us in Jesus despite our sin remains true. His Word is still true, the Spirit still works, and we are to trust in Him above all things.
This weekend, rest remembering and rejoicing in the God who is the Creator of heaven and earth. Remember that nothing you fear is greater than God. Love the one who has loved and forgiven you. Trust Him and His Word when life seems confusing. Go about your callings in peace.
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