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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Trusting in the Lord (Proverbs 3)

If you're a follower of Jesus and someone asks you if you "Trust in the Lord," you would likely say, "yes." But what about when God asks you to do something you don't want to do? What about when people tell you not to do that thing God is asking you to do?

If you would have asked my husband and I in 2003 if we trusted in the Lord, we would have both emphatically said, "yes!" But then came the test..

My husband's employer was consolidating their offices and moving everyone from St. Louis to Omaha. My knee-jerk reaction was, "there's no way we're moving to Omaha!" All our friends and family were in the St. Louis area. We were in an amazing church. Our kids were all doing very well. And my mom was dying of cancer there.

But my husband, already moved by God, said, "What if God is telling us to move to Omaha?" Although convinced that he was wrong, I agreed to pray for God's guidance with him. As we did, Proverbs 3:5-6 kept coming up everywhere to both of us.

That passage just seemed to be literally smacking us in the face:

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 we took a road trip to Omaha and Proverbs 3:5-6 was on a billboard on the way there. We visited Westside Church in Omaha and the pastor preached on Proverbs 3:5-6 and the importance of obeying the Lord's direction. On the way home we were listening to the radio and Proverbs 3:5-6 was read!

After returning home, I sat up in bed at 2:30 am and prayed, "Ok, Lord, I will follow You to Omaha, and I opened my Bible to that verse and wrote, "Why Omaha!" as a reminder that we were about to go against everything that made sense to us and everyone around us and obey God's calling to go Omaha.

Looking back now, I can't tell you the exact reason God moved our family to Omaha in June 2004. But I can tell you He has blessed us here in such amazing ways that we know without a doubt it was God who directed our path. We also learned how to recognize God's voice when He is prompting us to take specific action.

So since then when we know God is directing us to do something, even when it's scary and new and something we really don't want to do, we take a deep breath, and pray, "Even in this, Lord, I trust You. Even in this, I will follow You down the path You are leading me."

What about you? Do you recognize when the thought keeps replaying in your mind to take action and you don't really want to do it but you know it's completely inline with Scripture and something God wants you to do?

Maybe it's doing something for someone or serving in a particular role. Maybe it's humbling yourself before God. Maybe it's apologizing or forgiving someone who has wronged you. Maybe it's telling someone about Jesus and His great love for them. Maybe it's moving half way across the country where God is leading you to go?

Are you willing to ask God to show you the path He wants you to take? Are you willing to follow that path once He shows it to you, even when it doesn't really make any sense? I can tell you it's always worth it to trust in the Lord and let Him direct your path.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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