This is the free student devotional for Purpose, Session 2: Living with Purpose.
Trust & Obey
Go to a quiet place in your house or outside. Sit quietly for a few minutes. As wayward thoughts and worries come to mind, give them to God. Focus your thoughts solely on Him and His power. After a few minutes of silence, begin today’s devotion.
Think about a time when you were lost. You’d followed a map (or your GPS or phone) to the best of your ability, but still ended up somewhere else. You had followed the directions as well as you could, yet you still got lost. Your knowledge and understanding were not sufficient.
Read Proverbs 3:1-2,5-6, searching for what God has to say about our understanding in comparison to His. Underline it when you find it.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” —Proverbs 3:5-6
Think about a time when you’ve relied on your understanding rather than God’s.What happened? What did you learn?
The phrase “think about Him in all your ways” in verse 6 doesn’t mean we just give Him a passing thought as we go throughout the day. It means we recognize His rightful place in every part of our lives and invite Him into our daily decisions and activities. How different would your life look if you did that?
Behind the Story
In Proverbs 3, the word “trust” implies a place of refuge, something or someone you can be confident of and put your hope in. In Psalm 22:9, the same word is translated “secure” and points to the safety of a baby nestled in its mother’s arms. The trust God calls us to isn’t passive. It requires that we give all of ourselves to the Lord and trust Him to hold us up rather than our own intellect or opinions.
We tend to assume that we can figure out how to navigate life’s issues, but God tells us to trust them all to Him. Because He is sovereign and in control, we can rely on Him completely.
Take a hard look at your life. Where do you see yourself trying to rely on your own wisdom rather than seeking God’s direction?
• Pray over those areas of your life, confessing them to God.
• Search God’s Word for Scripture that relates to those issues. Choose to trust His Word more than your opinions.
• What actions will you take to demonstrate your trust in God in those areas? Record one action you’ll take below.
Read over Psalm 46:1-3 several times, bouncing a ball or making up actions for key words. Attempt to repeat it from memory.