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Learning, and Being Reminded, to Trust in God's Promises - August 2016

 

In one of my morning times with the Lord recently, I was asking Him for direction on a number of concerns in my life, some personal, some vocational.  Some of them were newer questions but others were things that I had been praying about and reflecting on for some time.  As I considered one in particular I began to sense my frustration rising.  The situation was/is beyond my human capability to figure out, let alone resolve, and my expectation was that by now God should have revealed the way forward.  Out of that frustration I said to God, "Are you ever going to show me what to do?" And then I waited.  It wasn't long before I heard the words in my spirit, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
 
I didn't sense that it was rebuke but rather a patient Father reminding His son how He relates to His children. The experience triggered my returning to the first time I was introduced to that verse of Scripture.  It was in the winter of 1984 and my wife, Barb, and I were taking a Bible study class on Sunday morning at our church, Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, MN.  The class was called Discovery and it used the Navigators Bible study, Lessons on Assurance.  It was a six-week class that shaped me for a lifetime.  In the course of those six weeks we examined five promises that God has made to every believer in Jesus.  They are assurances, promises, God makes to us that we can rely on regardless of our...
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