As I prepare for this coming Sunday, it dawned on me that I had failed to post the sermon skeleton from last Sunday.
Last Sunday was one of the most difficult Sundays of preaching I have ever had. But I felt that I had an important word to proclaim. And the Lord helped me to hand in there in both services to say what he had laid on my heart to say.
My text was from one of passages that is so dear to me – Proverbs 3:5-6. I am sure that I did not anything new about the text that the congregation had not heard. But it was the message that God had laid on my heart to preach. It was definitely for me. And I know that I was not the only who needed this message. All of us need to learn to stop clinging to clarity and to trust God wholeheartedly. We need to trust God beyond what we can understand. That’s is the place where life is lived to the fullest.
God is worthy of our trust!!!
Here is the (very late) sermon skeleton:
Title: “Trust God”
Text: Proverbs 3:5-6
Theme: Trust in the Lord
Point: Life at its best is only experienced when you trust God beyond what you can understand.
I. Trust God with everything: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart” (v. 5a)
A. The call to trust: “trust”
B. The object of trust: “in the Lord”
C. The nature of trust: “with all your heart”
II. Trust God above everything: “and do not lean on your own understanding” (v. 5b)
A. God wants your mind (Ps. 26:2; Isaiah 1:18; Matt. 22:37; Rom. 12:2; Phil. 2:5).
B. God does not want you to all your finite mind to cause you to mistrust him.
III. Trust God in everything: “In all your ways acknowledge him” (v. 6a)
IV. Trust God through everything: “and he will make straight your paths” (v. 6b)
A. This is a promise of divine guidance: “And he shall direct your paths” (NKJV)
B. This is a promise of divine intervention: “and he will make straight your paths” (ESV)