A Study Worksheet on Proverbs 3:5,6
Scripture is constantly putting before us two choices, two paths (see Joshua 24:14-15; I Samuel 12:24-25, Matthew 7:13-14) The book of proverbs speaks of the way of wisdom and the way of foolishness. The way of wisdom will lead to life and the way of foolishness will lead to devastation and eventually death. This passage invites us to follow the way of the Lord – it is a great invitation beckoning us to trust in God wholeheartedly.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding .."
1. In whom are we invited to trust? In what are we told to abandon? Note: To trust means "to lean our whole weight upon". We are invited to place our whole weight upon God.
2. Are there times when you find it easy to trust in God? Give examples. Are there times when you find it hard to trust in God? Give examples. What have you learned about God after those hard times?
3. In his sermon pastor Tom said, "We can put the whole weight of our worries upon God because he is bigger than the problems that we face." Tom then encouraged us to consider the picture of God found in Isaiah 40:9-31. Read the passage aloud in your group. What strikes you about the picture of God here? What does it say about God's strength, might and power? How is God superior to "your own understanding"? Does this affect the amount of trust you have in Him?
4. What does the proverb say is to be the quality of our trust? Is it to be partial? What would it look like for you to trust God wholeheartedly with your finances? What would it look like for you to trust God wholeheartedly with your marriage? What would it look like for you to trust God wholeheartedly with your faith? …. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
5. What are some ways that we can "acknowledge" God? (hint: Do you acknowledge God before you eat as a family? Do you acknowledge God in worship?)
6. What does this proverb say will be the result of trusting God wholeheartedly? How have you experienced God's leading in your life? What does it look like?
There's an old hymn entitled, "He Leadeth Me." The chorus goes like this:
"He leadeth me, He leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me; His faithful follower I would be for by his hand he leadeth me."
We know from Scripture that God leads us. He led Abraham out of his country of Ur of the Chaldeans into Canaan. He led the Israelites out of Egypt. He led Nehemiah in the restoration of the walls of Jerusalem. He led the disciples to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth. God will lead you too. All it takes is trust. We are called to place the whole weight of our troubles, worries, cares and desires upon Him. We can rest assured that as we do this wholeheartedly - God will lead us.
Spend time giving thanks to God for those times in life when you have known his leading.
Rededicate yourself to trusting Him with all areas of your life.