Two of the greatest and most well-known verses in the Old Testament are Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
That verse, along with Psalm 119:11, form the two great “Kids Ministry” verses of my life. If you have grown up in church, you probably memorized these on accident just by being in church. However, today for the first time I realized the “context” and the challenge behind these verses.
If you closely read Proverbs 3 you’ll see that in verse 3 Solomon challenges the reader to show “steadfast love” to both God and man. That’s an interesting thought, because people are hard to love. Actually, if somebody has hurt you, they are almost impossible to love, especially “steadfastly” (continuously and faithfully). So how do you love people “steadfastly”? How do you love people that maybe don’t deserve to be loved?
According to Proverbs 3:5-6, you “Trust God”. Did you get that? You love people by trusting God. Your love for people is not based on your history with them. Your love of people is not based on your enjoyment of them. Your love for people is certainly not supposed to be based on their benefit to your life. Instead, your love for people is to be based on your trust for God. That is how you love people when it doesn’t make sense. That is how you love people when you don’t know where it will lead. That is how you love people that may not deserve to be loved. We love people, because of our trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives.
It’s not easy to “trust God” by loving unlovable people. Yet, that is what Proverbs tells us to do. Maybe you can pray for me to be able to do this while I pray for you to do the same! Thanks Lord, for the challenge today.