Trust in the Lord
In last week’s sermon (11-8), we examined the pride of Edom in Obadiah 1-9. Edom placed pride in a number of things: defenses (v. 3), ability to rebuild (v. 5), wealth (v. 6), allies (v. 7), intellect and wisdom (v. 8), and mighty men (v. 9). Based on this passage, I reasoned that we should not place pride, trust, or security in these things but only in God. God alone is deserving of our complete trust. However, there is a nuance that needs further explanation: while we do not trust in these things, it is wise to have them. Let me explain.
The book of Proverbs abounds in Godly wisdom. Read these verses from this book that directly speak to each of the above objects of pride:
- Defenses – Proverbs 22:3, “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go
on and suffer for it.”
- Ability to rebuild – Proverbs 6:6-8, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be
wise…she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”
- Wealth: Proverbs 21:20, “Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man’s dwelling, but a
foolish man devours it.”
- Allies: Proverbs 12:26, “One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the
wicked leads them astray.
- Intellect and wisdom: Proverbs 3:13-14: “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom… for the
gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.”
- Mighty Men: Proverbs 24:5, “A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge
enhances his might.”
What do these mean? It means that it is wise to work for and steward each of these things. God has given us the ability to do so. However, we must not trust the gift instead of the Giver for it is the Giver who gives and takes away. As Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”