This is the lesson I taught today.
Posted on: November 10, 2014 /
I know I’ve never done this in the past, but here’s the full text of the lesson I taught this morning at Prayer Seeker’s Café.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
So, how do we define “trust?” The 2014 Webster’s online dictionary defines trust as: “: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.” Now before I start laughing hilariously at the fact that I just quoted Webster’s, (because if the government quoted a 1988 version of it in a brief that was filed 2 days from now last year, I can definitely do it too,) let’s get back on topic… shall we?
Besides the dictionary definition, what are some examples of trust in our everyday lives? We have to trust the other drivers on the road, (although sometimes we can’t always do that.) We trust that when we go to the grocery store, they’re going to have the right things, or the things we want, (and if they don’t, we go to a different store to find them.) We trust friends, family, Pastors, and teachers. I don’t even want to get into whether or not we should trust services like Google and Facebook to keep our data safe. that’s a long debate that I could have, and it brings up a legal case. The short answer is well… No… not US services. Although we’re losing data to the NSA, (via an upstream tap,) US services are more likely to comply with pen register orders and subpoenas than foreign ones, unless they’re very small services, or sole proprietorships.
What do we trust God with? We trust that God will provide for us:
Matthew 6:25-26 says: “25 Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Basically, we don’t just have to trust that God will provide for us financially, (he does that,) but the scripture says, “do not worry about what you will eat or drink, or your body, what you will put on.” The very first part of the scripture actually goes further than this, saying “do not worry about your life.” I’m using the NKJV translation for this, but I think it makes it very clear, and I can lay it out in a fairly simple “if this then that statement.” If you aren’t familiar with “IF this then that” statements, they’re fairly simple statements used in computer programming. For instance, an example of one would be “if it’s Monday, then I’m going to Prayer Seeker’s Café.” So here’s the if this then that statement for this lesson: If we aren’t supposed to worry, then we are to trust God with everything. So that’s the answer to the question. We all worry though, and let’s just face it, life isn’t always fun sometimes. The important thing in those situations is to surrender those things to God, and trust that he will take care of them. 1 Peter 5:7 says “7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Sometimes, the hardest thing to trust God with is waiting. Waiting for prayers to be answered, or waiting for things in life to be done. Lamentations 3:25 says “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.” Psalm 27:14 also says “Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;” I’ve had to wait for a lot of things recently; in fact, I’m still waiting on a package from Verizon! I also have become an expert at waiting on hold with the SSA, as I’ve had to do it 3 times in 3 months. If god wanted to teach me how to wait, well… I think he succeeded, and if he wanted to teach me to trust him more, well I think he managed to succeed with that one too, even as I’ve been preparing this lesson. I knew I would get my back pay eventually, and I wasn’t worried about it. Sure, I was curious to know when it would come, and I thought it was interesting because they told me 45 days from 10/10, (and it came on 10/20! I was prepared to wait 45 days, or even longer, because I’ve waited longer for things before. So I guess the point of this lesson is, it may not be all that easy or fun sometimes, but we really should trust God with everything!
I’m realizing now that I didn’t explain if this then that statements all that well. but most of these people are older, and have never come across that sort of thing before, so I needed a quick way to explain it. I could have tried to explain IFTTT to them, but I have a feeling that that would have taken forever, and probably failed.