Sword Training

Sword Training – Day 3

Welcome back to the challenge! I hope you’re reading the scriptures with me. There is so much to receive from the Lord. Trust him to reveal himself to you. Seek him and you will find him. That’s his promise.

Today we are reading Proverbs Chapter 3 and Psalm Chapters 10-15. This chapter in Proverbs is one of my favorites – especially verses 5 and 6!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”

God has a plan for every believer. Peter walked on the water by keeping his eyes on Jesus. In the same way, we can fulfill our calling by keeping our trust in God. Unfortunately, we tend to let the world disturb our concentration, just as Peter started worrying about the waves. Before too long, we’re struggling just to keep our heads above water. Solomon says that it doesn’t have to be like that…if we learn to trust the Lord.

 The question is, how do you learn to trust God to the degree that you cannot be distracted? The answer…trust comes from relationship. You’ve got to pursue a relationship with God just like you would any other friend, by spending time with him. That’s part of the reason for this Sword Training Challenge. Reading and meditating on the scriptures is one form of spending time with the Lord. The more time that you spend reading and praying, the deeper your relationship will be and the greater your trust for him.

One thing to understand, however, is that trusting God means following his direction even if you don’t understand why. In my experience, God rarely shows you the whole plan. Usually, he’ll show you just enough to get you to the next step, which may not be what you expected. That’s why Solomon wrote, “lean not unto thine own understanding.” The Lord says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9). You don’t need to understand why God is leading you in a particular direction, just trust that the end result will be for your benefit.

In 2012, the job that I had worked for 10 years went away. I was unemployed and nothing was available in our local area. The Lord provided a good job 700 miles from my home and family. I didn’t know why God was taking me away, but I trusted him. To make a long story short, I spent the next two years working away from home. It wasn’t easy, but I trusted him. I had no idea what the end-state would be, but I trusted him. Finally, I was offered a job just 2 miles from home. It was, and still is, the perfect job for me doing what I love to do. In retrospect, I see how the Lord used those two years to give me the skills needed for the perfect job. It wasn’t easy and it required much sacrifice, but I acknowledged Him in all of my ways, and he directed my path.

Take time to nurture your relationship with God. As you know him more, you will trust him more, and he can use you more.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, my friends!

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