Pr. 22:19: “So that your trust your trust may be in the Lord, I have instructed you today, even you.”
Years ago I was hooked on a show about clothes and makeovers. It was pretty inspiring, and funny, to boot. I eventually noticed that I was overly worried about the clothes, or lack of clothes, in my closet and I quit watching the show. I am now content again with the blessings God has given me.
Any subject in which you invest your time instructs you, and draws your focus. When I watch cooking shows a lot, I think about food and cooking a lot of the time. When I research health and wellness, my thoughts tend to revolve around those things. When I listen to music, my thoughts begin to be influenced by the words and ideas that I hear. I must be careful what I allow to instruct me.
Have you considered the purpose of those things you are allowing to instruct you? Whatever I immerse myself in becomes something on which I focus and I notice my thoughts returning to them over and over. I find the same to be true of the Word. When I immerse myself in the Word of God, my thoughts remain focused on the Lord, on His promises, on His commands, on His wisdom, and on His faithfulness. The Word runs through my mind throughout the day and I see applications of the Word in my daily life.
In whom or in what do you want to place your trust? This verse tells us that the instructions are given so that our trust may be in the Lord. If you want your trust to be fully in the Lord, then you must continually be instructed by Him.
When I was watching the show about clothes so often, I began to lose confidence. Why is that? I dare say I was being instructed to trust in clothing, money, and outward appearances. I don’t think there is anything wrong with dressing nicely or buying nice things, but I noticed within myself the feelings of discontent that indicated to me that I was beginning to trust in something that can just be thrown away.
God’s faithfulness endures forever. He is the same God yesterday, today, and forevermore. If we are going to receive instruction, I think it wise that it be the instruction of the pure, proven, and living Word of God. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with learning new things, but when our lives become about things other than God, we are trusting in dust and ash. God’s faithfulness proves that trusting in Him is not only beneficial, it is eternal.
If you truly want your trust to be in the Lord, the God Most High, the Creator and Sustainer of this universe, then you must be instructed by Him. He is wisdom. He is peace. He is the Comforter. He is the Lord of all. Open up your heart and mind to His instruction, and reject any instruction that causes you to trust in lesser things.