Have you ever watched the sun come up? At dawn the sky is fairly dark at first, perhaps with some stars twinkling in it. Then before the sun appears in the horizon, the sky turns orangish red, and gradually it gets lighter and lighter as the sun rises in the east. And soon enough, a new day is here! God’s Word likens the path of the just and righteous to the light of dawn, that shines brighter and clearer each step of the way.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
In The Amplified Bible, Proverbs 4:18 begins, “But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer)….”
In the situations we face in life, we may not always see clearly what is ahead or know up front all the steps we are to take, but we are promised that our paths will be clear along the way. We can take one step at a time on God’s Word and trust Him to continue to guide and direct our ways. God’s Word assures us that He shall direct our paths as we acknowledge Him. We can trust Him with all our hearts.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6:
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
No matter what our five senses are telling us, with every step we take we can trust God with all our hearts—all our hearts! The adversary tempts man to lean unto his own understanding, to go by way of his five senses; but God exhorts us to acknowledge Him in all our ways. He says that He shall direct our paths. What a wonderful promise and assurance.
For some, trusting God with all their heart, which is what God’s Word says to do, can seem far-fetched, even scary, particularly if they are accustomed to being let down, or disappointed, by others. So what makes God so trustworthy that we can trust Him with all our hearts? And what steps can we take to demonstrate our wholehearted trust in our heavenly Father and allow Him to direct our paths?
Let’s see what makes God so trustworthy. First of all, God is worthy of our whole-hearted trust because He does not lie.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
God does not lie. He will always make good on what He has spoken. He fulfills His promises. While man may sometimes lie, God is always truthful. What He says He will do, He will do. We never have to wonder if He will perform His Word. We can trust Him wholeheartedly.
Secondly, we can trust God with all our hearts because He does not change.
For I am the Lord, I change not….
Whether circumstances are in flux and turbulent or they are smooth and steady, God assures us that He is unchanging. We can rely on Him today; we can rely on Him tomorrow. We can trust Him to direct our ways step-by-step.
A third reason we can trust in God wholeheartedly is that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.
I John 1:5:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
“Light” in I John 1:5 is the opposite of darkness. And “darkness” is the absence of light. God is absolute light. Therefore, God is not the source of evil, harm, or negatives—only of good. The adversary attributes evil to God and promotes the false doctrine that whatever happens in life is God’s will. But we are looking at what God says about Himself in His Word. He says that in Him there is no darkness at all! Knowing this increases our certainty that God is trustworthy. There is never a time when God will bring negatives into our lives. We can walk safely in the light of His Word.
With our whole hearts we can trust in God, for He is true to what He says, He does not change, and He is light. Additionally, He set us up for success by giving us His Word. We can put our full trust in His Word, for it is God-breathed and it is pure.
II Timothy 3:16:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
The phrase “given by inspiration of God” is one word in the critical Greek texts, theopneustos, literally meaning “God-breathed.” This unique phrase is a figure of speech. Figures of speech in the Bible are God’s markings as to that which He wants emphasized. The figure used here attributes human characteristics to God and emphasizes God as the source of the Word; it is God’s Word. He authored His original Word without errors or contradiction….
This is an excerpt from the March/April 2013 issue of The Way Magazine.
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