TRUST COMPLETELY

Pro.3:5 – TPT – Trust in the Lord completely,

and do not rely on your own opinions.

With all your heart rely on him to guide you,

and he will lead you in every decision you make.

I want to share a passage from Proverbs 3 from the Passion Translation today. Verse 5 has two short but extremely powerful thoughts. First, trust in the Lord completely. What exactly would that look like? I have actually been working on this for the last forty-five years. I think I still need to sort out what trusting completely looks like. Trusting Him when everything seems to be going my way is one thing, trusting Him when Katrina comes knocking at your door is another thing entirely. The second thought in this verse is don’t rely on your own opinions. I would say that is definitely easier said than done. What helps me with both of these instructions is this, draw close to the Lord, get to know Him intimately, then I will see His love for me and trust Him to sort out the intricacies of my life. Actually the next verse says exactly that.

VS.6 – “Become intimate with him in whatever you do,

and he will lead you wherever you go.”

That is the solution, intimacy with God. From that place of intimacy we trust Him more. From that place of trust it is easier to follow His lead.

The next verse I want to share is verse 9 and 10.

“Glorify God with all your wealth,

honoring him with your very best, with every increase that comes to you. Then every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy!”

So this is where the Lord gets extremely personal with us. He wants that intimacy to include the financial part of your life. We all know that we don’t just bring anybody into our financial world. Allowing intimacy with God to extend to our possessions is extremely important and rewarding. When He comes on the scene He brings His wisdom, His influence, and His unlimited source of provision. Knowing Him intimately makes tithing a no-brainer. I bring in the first portion of my harvest and He takes it and multiplies it back into my life. Then that last part of verse 10 comes into play, “every dimension of your life will overflow with blessings from an uncontainable source of inner joy!”

TREE OF LIFE

Prov. 3:13,18 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

The Tree of Life is another one of those beautiful mysteries weaved into the fabric of God’s word. It is first mentioned in the garden in the book of Genesis and it is refered to in various places of the scripture all the way to the closing chapter of the Book of Revelation. Our first parents were never able to eat from this tree because of their disobedience and imminent fall into sin. Their fallen state kept them from this tree and the promise of a higher quality of life that had been placed before them. The promise of a spiritual state of happiness escaped them and their seed, the promise still remained of restoration in the coming of a future Savior. Christ Himself is actually the tree of life. It is in Him that the promise of of joy unspeakable is finally realized. Here are some comments about that tree from Adam Clarke.
“She is a tree of life, alluding most manifestly to the tree so called which God in the beginning planted in the garden of Paradise, by eating the fruit of which all the wastes of nature might have been continually repaired, so as to prevent death for ever. This is an opinion which appears probable enough. The blessings which wisdom-true religion-gives to men, preserve them in life, comfort them through life, cause them to triumph in death, and ensure them a glorious immortality.”

Clarke speaks of Christ as the wisdom, or word, of God. It is in eating the fruit from that tree that we enjoy the heavenly benefits now. Matthew Henry also spoke of the blessing found in this Tree of Life.
“It is the happiness of paradise: She is a tree of life. True grace is that to the soul which the tree of life would have been, from which our first parents were shut out for eating of the forbidden tree. It is a seed of immortality, a well of living waters, springing up to life eternal. It is an earnest of the New Jerusalem, in the midst of which is the tree of life. Those that feed and feast on this heavenly wisdom shall not only be cured by it of every fatal malady, but shall find an antidote against age and death; they shall eat and live for ever.”

Wow! We don’t have to die to eat from the Tree of Life, we can begin now. We are feasting on Christ as we read the word, celebrate communion, or spend time in His presence in worship. We don’t have to die to taste heaven, the enjoyment of life begins now. Christianity is a celebration, it is the return to the lost garden, it is eating from that tree of mystery. Let the party start in you today.