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What Does It Mean to Trust God?

He will make your paths straight. 

Our temptation (and our tendency) is to pick a path with the expectation that God will approve of it. That’s not how God works. Rather than picking a path and asking God to bless it, God has already chosen a “blessable” path. And when we choose to trust Him, lean on Him and acknowledge Him, His path becomes clear. God doesn’t bless “our” path. He blesses “His” path and invites us to walk on it.

Do not be wise in your own eyes.

It’s as if Solomon says, “I’m not sure you got what I just said, so I’m going to say it again. Listen up! Don’t lean on your own understanding … don’t be wise in your own eyes.

Fear the Lord and shun evil. 

Solomon concludes with a challenge to “fear the Lord.” Fear doesn’t imply being scared. The word “fear” means to revere God, His wisdom and His ways. And to “shun evil” means to avoid everything that brings a wedge between us and God. Proverbs 16:6 provides a direct link between fearing God and shunning evil: “Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil.”

One of the best examples in Scripture of somebody who trusted God is Job.

Job was a wealthy man who lost everything — sheep, children, health and possessions — even though he was faithful to God. In fact, if Job answered our Trust God Gap question, he might have said, “What does it mean to trust God when you lose everything?” And when he lost everything, like many of us, he started asking “Why?” “Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?” (Job 3:11) That’s a bad day!

Yet, despite everything that happened to Job, what was said of him in the very first verse of his book remained true throughout his life: “In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” (Job 1:1)

Job came to the realization that knowing God is better than having answers to all of our questions.

And in the end, God restored Job and made him twice as prosperous as he was before. When Job faced his own Trust God Gap, his response was to ultimately fear God and shun evil. So, we could interpret this verse to mean:

Submit your heart in full obedience to God. Don’t prop yourself up with human wisdom and understanding. In every area of your life, acknowledge God and act according to His wisdom, and He will make the right path — His path — clear to you. Don’t be wise according to your own wisdom. Instead, reverence God and His ways and avoid every kind of evil and sin.

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Stephen Blandino is the Lead Pastor of 7 City Church near the downtown/cultural arts district of Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a Master's in Organizational Leadership and is the author of "GO! Starting a Personal Growth Revolution." He lives in the Fort Worth area with his wife Karen and their daughter Ashley. Stephen blogs regularly at www.stephenblandino.com on leadership, personal growth, church, and culture. You can also connect with Stephen on twitter @stephenblandino.