Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
Open Q: Does fear have a hold on you? Are you so busy looking for opportunity you cannot see anything else? What do you think?
Main Point: Trust in God is a call to a personal relationship with conviction with Christ. This is a command to step up to faith, our response to the call of God with trust in Him through times of danger and fear.
What does this mean? Yes, we can trust and rely in God with our whole being and with anything that comes our way! We can have a close relationship with God. This means to bow down in such surrendered obedience and devotion that we should be overwhelmed and encompassed, so we are totally focused upon our Lord and not upon ourselves (Isa. 8:17; 28:16; Psalm 118:22; John 13:36; Heb. 2:13).
The theme of Proverbs is that the fear of God is the foundation of learning and growing. This means the awe, worship and reverence we are to have for God. Any fears of rejection or wrong assumptions can dig in and keep us from experiencing and proclaiming our love for Christ (Prov. 1:7; 2:6; 3:5-6; 16:20; 21:1-2; Matt. 10: 27-33; 22:36-38; Phil. 4:12b-13; Col. 2:2-3).
What can we do? We can have trust when we combat fear! We can combat fear with fear. Yes, the solution to fear is fear! To move from the dread of our circumstances to the trust and reverence of our Lord. We can grow and embrace the wonders He has for us.
Q: Why can there be no neutrality in the Kingdom of God?
Q: How can you have a life filled with purpose and distinction? What would be a better purpose for you?
Q: What do you need to do to have a more reverent and fearful attitude toward God?
How does this apply? We have to learn how much Jesus indeed loves and cares for us so we can trust Him even more to take us beyond what holds us back in life. Then, there is nothing that can hold us back in our spiritual growth or from proclaiming His Word.
Where is my Hope in this? Jesus is our Sanctuary; He is the Eternal God on whom we can rely and not only give our lives to, but also live our lives for. When we understand that we are precious in His sight and His deep love for us is true and real, we will have no need for fear. We can let go, let God, and allow Him to reign and be Lord over us as our loving Father.