March 2018  
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Avoiding Unnecessary Problems

Years ago Fram Oil Filters had a commercial that featured a mechanic who wiped his hands on an oily shop rag and said, "you can either pay me now or pay me later."  His point being that to spend a little money now with a quality oil filter would be far better than having to pay him a great deal of money later for a total engine overhaul due to your attempt to cut corners.  The Christian should hear the truth in this commercial for their spiritual lives!

Proverbs 3:5-6 gives us some directives in how to avoid problems in life that we often bring on ourselves!  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

The way of the Christian is to trust in the Lord!  However, we often do so dividedly or when it is convenient.  When we do so, it ushers in problems that we could have easily avoided.  The proper approach to avoid unnecessary problems is to trust with all your heart.  This word all denotes completeness or wholeness, i.e., we are to be undivided in our trust in the LORD!  The Proverb expands this thought with the phrase, and lean not on your own understanding.  The Hebrew word translated understanding is from a root verb meaning "between;" hence denoting human reason as an alternative to trust.  Imagine how fewer problems would exist in the world today had Abraham and Sarah not reasoned how God would provide them with a son in their old age!

So, the next time you find yourself trying to reason rather than trusting, examine your heart for division and turn to trust the LORD and His word alone without question.  It may assist you in avoiding a great deal of unnecessary problems in the future.  At least that's the way I see it!