With All Your Heart

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As a young believer, I had to learn how to trust God. It didn't come natural to me.

In fact, I had a wing-backed, turquoise chair that I called my "worry chair." It was vintage "modern" furniture from the sixties. I would sit down and worry about things, and get up more burdened with worry than when I sat down.

On the wall facing the chair was a calligraphy of Proverbs 3:5-6, which reminded me what to do about worry. Slowly but surely, God taught me how to leave my worries with Him rather than wrestle with them in that chair

Scripture

My child, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in mind. Then you will live a long time, and your life will be successful. [vss 1-2]

Don’t ever forget kindness and truth. Wear them like a necklace. Write them on your heart as if on a tablet. Then you will be respected and will please both God and people. [vss 3-4]

Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don’t depend on your own understanding. Remember the Lord in all you do, and he will give you success [straight paths]. [vss 5-6]

  (Proverbs 3:1-6 NCV) [Context– Proverbs Chap 3]

Key phrase

Trust the Lord with all your heart

Digging Deeper...

  1. What are we told will benefit our life? How are we told to go about this?
  2. Some things are said in word-pictures— what are we to wear like a necklace or write on our heart?
  3. What are we told will be the benefit of doing these things?
  4. What are we to do with all of our heart? How are we told to do this?

Make it personal...

How do you think you can wear kindness and truth like a necklace, and have them written on your heart? 

What makes it difficult for you to "trust the Lord with all your heart?"

How is it possible to remember the Lord in all that we do? What are actual ways of doing this?

Reflection...

The purpose of the Old Covenant Law was to help God's people stand out as a people who trusted in a living God, not idols. This trust, the essence of faith (Heb 11:6), was to be beneficial in a person's life in a practical way. The value of instruction was not to gather knowledge and understanding, but to bless a person so they would be a blessing to others, and a reflection of the God whom they trusted.