Trust and Honor – from the Book of Proverbs 3:1-12
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’ – Proverb 3:5-6.
Just like a loving parent would want a child to trust in them for its sustenance, safety, education and well-being, the same way God wants us to trust in Him for our entire life. I want to help you understand what trust really means, and how to actually trust God beyond mere lip service. First of all, trust – according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary – means an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of something or someone. And that is exactly what it means to trust God.
Your faith in God is incomplete when trust is lacking. To trust God is to be totally dependent on Him – seeking no alternative but listening to His voice to know just how He wants you to handle a situation. There is a lot of similarity between faith and trust, and sometimes in the Scriptures, they are used interchangeably in different Bible translations. However, trusting God takes us on a deeper journey, it demands that we give it all into the hands of God – even when we don’t understand.
Trust and doubting – which is easier?
There are many Christians who have faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior, but only a fewer number actually trust Him to be faithful and true to His promises. Those who trust Him are totally dependent on Him and on no one else. Even when situations and circumstances of life threaten to overwhelm them, they look to God and tell him, ‘Father, I trust in You!’
‘Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.’ – Jeremiah 17:7 AMP.
Trusting in the Lord makes your heart tender and childlike, and this brings great joy and delight to His heart. But when you worry, doubt or fret over life’s issues – which confront everyone and not just you – you are simply saying you don’t trust in Him. And of a truth, it is easier to doubt God than to trust Him. This happens because the enemy paints pictures and presents a lot of negativity to our minds in his attempt to cut us off from God’s power, but you can overcome the enemy if you really want to.
So, how do you overcome the enemy and develop trust in God? Here are a few tips:
- Ask God to help you trust Him.
‘Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].’ – Isaiah 26:4 AMP.
God would not tell us to do whatever He can not help us with, since it is desire for you to trust Him, open u your heart to Him and tell Him the struggles you encounter in trying to trust Him – and then with a childlike faith – ask Him to help and teach you to trust Him with all your heart.
- Feed your heart with the Word of God
‘You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You–in both inclination and character], because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].’ – Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP
Many people are unable to trust God because they feed their minds with the junk that flows from the secular media. They listen to the news more than they read the Good News – the Word of God! They watch movies more than they receive dreams and visions from the Holy Spirit! I’m not saying don’t listen to the news, but guard your heart and be careful what you listen to. You need to realize that the devil uses the negative news from the secular media to fight our faith and trust in God’s word and His power!
The more you meditate on God’s word, the more you are able to trust in Him and experience His power in your life (See Philippians 4:8).
- Be full of thanksgiving and praise
‘The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield; My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.’ – Psalms 28:7 AMP
Developing the habit of giving thanks and praise to God is a spiritual catalyst that will boost your trust in God. This is because when you thank and praise Him with singing, the Holy Spirit will move in your heart, fill your heart with supernatural peace, and remove the anxieties caused by the daily cares of life. So, when worry or doubt wants to set in, that is the time to get up and praise the Lord with songs and beautiful words of adoration. The more you do this, the easier it gets to trust God!
‘Honor the Lord with your wealth, and with the first fruits of all your crops (income); Then your barns will be abundantly filled, and your vats will overflow with new wine.’ – Proverbs 3:9-10.
Honoring God is a theme that runs concurrently through the Bible. God loves it, He wants it, as it shows that He is important in our lives. Honoring God is part of our worship, and it shows that we recognize as our Father from whom all blessings flow. Honoring God is not a song, neither is a word of flattery. Honoring God is an act carried out by giving our substance to Him – whether as offering to support the advancement of His kingdom (through the local church and ministries). When you live a life that habitually honors Him, His promised rewards in the above scripture will sooner or later find expression in your life.
The blessings of honor
‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is the [reverent] fear and respect due Me?’ says the Lord of hosts to you…’ – Malachi 1:6 AMP
God loves honor, much like He loves worship. They are His sovereign rights – and He shares them with none of His creation – not even the angels of heaven. That is why we don’t pray to angels or praise and worship them; they were not created – and no one is – to receive that which belongs to God. Now, I am in no way suggesting that God is partial or that He loves us more than one another, but the truth is that those who honor God will be heard quicker and helped faster in the day of trouble than those who don’t honor Him at all.
‘Ascribe to the Lord the glory and honor due His name; bring an offering [of thanksgiving], and come before Him; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.’ – 1 Chronicles 16:29 AMP.
The reason why His word teaches us about honor (See Proverbs 3:9-10) is not just to give us information, but more importantly, to introduce us to a divine channel through which we can access the resources of God’s vast kingdom. Whatever you give in honor to God will always come back to your, whether it’s your money, time, or other resources. As much as He would loves to receive honor from you, He also wants to give the honor back to you.
‘…But now the Lord declares, ‘Far be it from Me, for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be insignificant and contemptible.’ – 1 Samuel 2:30 AMP.
Give yourself before your substance
‘Not only [did they give materially] as we had hoped, but first they gave themselves to the Lord, and to us [as His representatives] by the will of God [disregarding their personal interests and giving as much as they possibly could].’ – 2 Corinthians 8:5 AMP.
Do you honor God as a Father, and as a Master? Do you give to Him that which belongs to Him? Have you given yourself to Him? These are questions you need to silently answer in your heart. As much as God takes delight in it when you honor Him with your substance, His greatest delight is when you first give yourself to Him. He wants you – as His child – to enter boldly into His presence and have good fellowship with Him. He wants you to experience His love, mercy, and grace.
He wants you to know Him beyond what people say, because in knowing Him, you will have a much fuller understanding of the importance of honoring Him with your substance.
So, you have read two things that God loves to see from His children – Trust and Honor. Will you commit to trusting in God – knowing that it holds great rewards? After you have given your whole heart to Him, will you honor Him with your substance? Will you continually seek the good of His Kingdom?