Jumpstart3 Mission of Hope -10 Week Scripture Memory Challenge: Week 2 Proverbs 3:5-6

Read Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV in your Bible

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

To “trust in the Lord” means that we rely on Him for everything! If we “lean on our own understanding,” we are trusting in ourselves more than God. He is the One who created this world, including you and me! He existed since before the beginning of time. He is eternal! He has the power to create. He is almighty! He is set apart as the only One who has the ability to orchestrate our world in a way that everything works together in a perfectly balanced way. He is holy! Therefore, He has proven to us that we can trust Him, that He has all things in control, even when circumstances feel chaotic. From reading the Bible, we see God using difficult and hard events in the lives of His people, for His glory. For instance, Joseph was sold by his brothers as a slave. Later, he spent years in prison for a crime he did not commit. God used those circumstances to elevate Joseph to the highest position of all Egypt, except for Pharaoh himself, in order to provide both for the physical needs of his family when they were hungry and to call out a people to Himself. Joseph’s family became the nation of Israel! I’m sure Joseph didn’t know any of this while he was a slave or in prison! From reading the Bible, we can see that we can trust God’s wisdom to direct our paths and lead us straight to His glory. We must look for ways to honor Him in all circumstances.

Unlike God, we don’t see the whole picture. We don’t always have all the details. In uncertain times, our understanding is limited. Even the best scientists and doctors don’t truly know the right way to respond to the threat of Covid-19. God, however, already knows what happens next. His plan was written before we were born. We can trust Him, knowing that He is in control. If today isn’t going like you expected it to go, step back and ask yourself, “How can I show God’s love, even in this situation?”

1. Read Romans 8:28 and know that God’s Word reminds us that we can trust Him in many situations.
2. In your prayers, confess to God your desire to do things your own way, and ask Him to guide you in trusting and following Him.
3. Submitting to Him begins by submitting to the authority He has placed over you. Be quick to obey your parents and changing your attitude when it’s time to do chores.


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