FOCUS MOMENT – FEB. 5, 2017

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Silence and Centering

“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10

CONFESSION Prayers

Holy and merciful Father, we confess to you and to one another that we have sinned against you by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart, mind, and strength. We have not fully loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not always had in us the mind of Christ. You alone know how often we grieve you by wasting Your gifts and by wandering from Your ways.  Forgive us and renew in us the grace and strength of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 (NKJV)

Most of us have experienced someone giving us their promise, only to have them break it.  Some people do not initially intend to break their promise, and yet there are others who never intended on keeping them from the moment they make them.  In either case, the impact of a broken promise upon us can be the same—we can lose faith in the person who broke their promise, or in the future promises of others in general.

I have witnessed this often when counseling married couples.  And if the damaged faith and trust isn’t restored, the relationship will suffer greatly, or possibly even fail. Satan knows this all too well, and I believe this is why he tries very hard to get us to focus on the lie and the offense, rather than on the truth and promises of God. This is why one of the first things I will do in a counseling session is to get the offended person’s mind off of the offense and the offender, and get their mind back on the Lord—encouraging them to submit to His will for their life.

Ironically, the next thing I will do with those whose faith has been shattered because of untruths is to give them a promise from God—one with a 100% guarantee to build their hope and faith again.  I will tell them, “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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).

I think this set of scriptures is very powerful, because it comes with a promise, and a responsibility on our behalf.  We are to totally trust God—even when we don’t understand how everything is going to work out.  Next, we are to stop trying to be wise in our own eyes.  This means we need to ask God for His wisdom (James 1:2-4), and then be committed to doing what He has told us to do within His word (cf. Romans 12:2).  If we do this He has promised to direct our paths.  This simply means He will guide us through every valley and trial.

The way I see it, faith is a funny thing, in that it is sort of like a muscle—if it is going to grow, it will need to be exercised, which will require us to go through various trials and tests. And it will require for us to trust in the promises of God.  As we choose to trust in Him we will be rewarded with a perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3).

I want to encourage you to trust in these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-7, what are we told to do, and what is the promise given to us if we will do this?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to place your trust in God, regardless of the broken promises you have experienced from others?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: If you have trusted God for your very soul, shouldn’t you continue to trust Him with your day-to-day life?

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for being faithful to me in every aspect of my life.  I choose to place my trust in You today, and lean not upon my own understanding. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENT PRAYER 

Devotional By Scott Wright

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