Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Yesterday we learned about wisdom transposing our speech. As we evaluate that principle we soon discover that its success is rooted in trust. The object of our trust determines the choices we make to apply wisdom to our life. When we trust self, wisdom is covered with foolishness. When we transfer our trust from self to God we gain wisdom.
In Proverbs 22:19 we read, “So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you.”
The fifth principle of wisdom from Proverbs 22 is this: Let wisdom transfer your trust.
The Hebrew word for trust in this passage means security and confidence, to have a place of refuge. The relationship between wisdom and trust produces a very simple pattern for life – know God and be secure.
However, when I say the words “know God” I am referring to much more than just the intellect. There must be a heart knowledge that involves an act of the will to accept what we know as truth and surrender our life to it. When we do, we are empowered to transfer our trust to that truth. The promise of God is that the truth will never fail nor will it fail us.
Read these examples of trust from the Proverbs, each one using the same root word for trust that we find in today’s key verse:
3:5-6 – 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.
14:26 – He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.
16:20 – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
28:1 – The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.
28:25-26 – A greedy man stirs up dissension, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper. He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe.
29:25 – Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.
I deeply appreciate the significance of these words – words like secure fortress, refuge, kept safe, and bold. But there are too many times in my life when these words don’t describe me. Other words like scared, worried, insecure, fearful seem to fit my behavior better. What are we to do in those situations? There is a simple answer, and it combines all the principles of wisdom we have learned so far.
Let wisdom transcend all else and be transmitted to us so that it transforms our thinking and transposes our speech.
For us to be able to transfer our trust from whatever the world offers to everything God offers, we must have first decided that His Word is trustworthy, and that it will transcend all else in trustworthiness – it transcends my understanding, the world’s understanding, and anything the world’s knowledge has ever been able to accomplish. This kind of trust only comes through a study of God’s Word and an acceptance of its truth.
The teaching of the Word of God and its wisdom is all the light we need for life, and it is totally trustworthy. Transfer your dependence to Jesus Christ from whatever it is in the world you now trust. He alone is trustworthy, and able to make your life secure, confident, and safe.