Proverbs 3:5, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Joshua 1:5, No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.

1 Corinthians 2:9, However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love Him.

At Cottonwood Creek, I’ve been teaching a series about growing a strong faith. The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” When you lean on something, you trust that it will hold you up. When you lean on God, you trust that God is strong enough to hold you up. When Joshua took over for Moses to lead the children of Israel into the promised land, God said in Joshua 1:5, “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

As long as Joshua trusted God and leaned on Him, he was undefeatable. Joshua accomplished the impossible because He was depending on the Lord. If you know the full story, Joshua did have some setbacks, but those set backs were always preceded by times when Joshua wasn’t leaning on or trusting God. Who or what are you leaning on for strength? Are you leaning on the approval of other people? That is a very shaky foundation. People are going to let you down. Nobody can hold you up all the time. However, God will NEVER let you down! Remember this thought today, “Faith requires trusting and leaning on God!”

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D

What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?

 

What do you Think?
How does it apply to your life?

 

What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)

 

Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.