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Trust and Obey

By Charles F. Stanley

When I was a teenager Proverbs 3:5-6 became my spiritual compass. Whenever I faced a difficult decision, I always turned to it for assurance. God etched its simple but profound truth in my mind and heart. It continues to be a signpost along life’s road, ever pointing me to the bottom line for all decisions: trust and obey God. It is an eternal combination that always makes one a winner.

Why? Because God is trustworthy. He is dependable. He is sovereignly working everything together for his glory and our good.

His wisdom is given to those who look to him, lean on him, rely on him. The more we depend on our Father for instruction, strength, hope, and guidance, the more abundantly he confers on us his divine wisdom.

We cannot receive wisdom from God apart from a relationship with him. God is not interested in teaching his ways to those who have no desire to please him or follow him. He does yearn, however, to teach men and women who are bold enough to believe his promises and carry out his commands.

Trusting in the Lord means that we place our present and future circumstances in his hands, confident in his ability to orchestrate people and events to achieve his will. This whole-hearted trust brings a secure peace of mind and contentment. Putting our full emotional and volitional weight on the faithfulness of God activates his promises.

There is one catch, however. We must first admit our inadequacy: “Lean not on your own understanding.” That was Solomon’s attitude when he confessed, “But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties” (I Kings 3:7).

This is where many Christians falter. We can do many things quite well without an apparent need for God’s wisdom. We can repair items, invent machines, program computers, hike trails, and perform multitudes of other activities with very little sense of God’s participation.

Yet we have been created by God to work in a world he fashioned with his own hands. Our lives, our very breath, is in his hands; our minds and bodies are his gifts. His wisdom is displayed in everything, even when we fail to recognize him.

God has given you talents and skills. However, they are maximized for eternity when you trust him to direct and use them for his plans. The question is, Will you lean on your own understanding or depend on God?

The wise choice is obvious when we understand that God knows the end from the beginning and sustains all things in between. Trusting him is the wisest decision we can make. Depending on our frail discernment limits us to a narrow, finite control. Relying on God’s wisdom adds a supernatural dimension that cannot be matched by anything on earth.

Excerpted from "A Touch of His Wisdom," by Charles F. Stanley, 1992.

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  • June 21, 2013 10:03 AM

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    Trusting and obeying always brings God's blessings and promises,halleluja!!!.
  • June 20, 2013 10:31 PM

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    I've learned the hard way to trust and obey God. Thank you Jesus for your mercy and grace.
  • June 20, 2013 09:38 AM

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    Thank you Dr. C. Stanley - for this beautiful and biblical (practical) advice (verse) for I feel God has spoken to me on this "Prov. 3-5-6" to keep it as a remembrance and reminder of Who God is to us - that He is truly God of Love... Praise to God.
  • June 19, 2013 09:18 AM

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    Trusting and obeying the Lord is a must for a Christian to continue in a world where one is swallowed up by the things of the world...follow the Lord and wait for His coming.
  • June 17, 2013 04:43 PM

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    exelente reflexión que me ha puesto a pensar que aún lo más minimo esta bajo su control, gracias doctor Charles DIOS continue bendiciendo cada día su ministerio
  • June 17, 2013 03:11 PM

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    I received this link to your page from my pastor and friend whom is now "retired".
    I was amassed to read about what I was taught as a child from a man of God, Rev. Manton (now with our father) on a trip to Lakeside where I along with my mother and father did cleaning and repairs to the lake cottage prior to it opening for the season (late 60's). It was how to trust and obey God. It was, is and Through God continue to be the best blessing and instructions I ever received. Throughout my life and to this day trust and obey is as familiar to me and those who truly know me as my hands feet mouth and heart. Everyday, every decision I so willingly trust and obey. Keeping Christ in the foremost of all of our thoughts, conversations and decisions is spiritual wisdom in my thoughts. The topic comes up so much I am sure it is why pastor Tom sent me this link.
    Thank you for your article. God's blessings on your day, may your walk with our Lord grow stronger with each passing step.
  • June 17, 2013 01:33 PM

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    So true and meaningful.
  • June 17, 2013 12:26 PM

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    thank you Dr.Stanley for your teaching
  • June 17, 2013 02:20 AM

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    Thank you Pastor Stanley for another life changing Word!
  • June 16, 2013 06:26 PM

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    Proverbs 3: 5-6 is my favorite promise. when ever i do any thing or get a little down this is always the verses i say to myself. i always want to remember to do things God's way and not my own. I know His way is always best. I love my Lord and Saviour with all my heart and soul and i try and bring Him honor and glory. That is not always easy, but my God is always there to help. Thank you Dr. Stanley for your daily devotionals they always bring me peace. The Lord has truly blessed you with his word. may he continue to bless your ministry. I pray for that every night.
  • June 16, 2013 03:56 PM

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    THE BEST ADVICE I'VE HEARD IN MY LIFETIME! Age-46 THANK YOU CHARLES & STAFF....LOVING YOU FOR THIS.
  • June 16, 2013 12:25 PM

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    everyday reading for all Christians and non. This helps refresh your mind and attitude with God our Father.
  • June 16, 2013 11:10 AM

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    So very profound and words of wisdom for all ages! Thank you Dr. Stanley for your godly wisdom as much as ever and always!
  • June 16, 2013 08:25 AM

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    Praise God! God is so great! Thank you Jesus! Please forgive me for my sins and I trust you for all my needs! Thank u
  • June 16, 2013 07:36 AM

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    Wow! Dr. Stanley truly brings life down to one purpose- To live this life 100% dependent on Him through His Holy Spirit, using the skills & talents He has given us to fulfill His purpose, for His glory and honor.
  • June 15, 2013 02:11 PM

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    Thank you for this uplifting words. When one ponder that God has given us body and brain we will be more thankful for Life.
    and it's easier to understand that He has the best in mind for us. Praise our Lord Jesus!

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