"Trust in the Lord"

That wonderful portion of the Bible known as the book of Proverbs seems so filled with wisdom and good advice that many of its verses are regarded as specially applicable to mundane affairs, and are often quoted as trite sayings. There are, however, two short verses which are of such importance to mankind that if they were more generally observed and put into practice the lesson they contain would save us much trouble and anxious thought. One reads, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding;" and the other goes on, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Here we have in these two verses the secret of true success; and when we fail to remember them and to carry out their teaching we have an explanation of all our failures. On looking up the word "trust" in the dictionary, we find these meanings given: "Firm belief in the honesty, veracity, justice, strength, etc., of a person;" "To place reliance on the truth of a statement without examination." What more beautiful and comforting knowledge can we ask for than this, that when any doubt or fear assails us, it is not left to us to battle it out on our own plane, but we are specifically told not to lean upon our own understanding, however competent we may think we are to deal with any question, for we are told by Paul that the wisdom of mortal man is "foolishness with God."

"Seek ye first"
January 13, 1917

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