Proverbs 3 contains heartfelt passages that describe our relationship with God and how we should serve and revere Him. When we trust in the Lord and honor Him, He will honor and bless us in return. He will also direct our lives to find even more happiness than we could find on our own.
Trust in the Lord
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:4-5)
We have all reached points in life where our own understandings fail us. There are some problems that are just too difficult to overcome with conventional or mortal wisdom. Our Heavenly Father, however, knows all things and so He knows a solution to any problem you may experience.
Because of His great wisdom and love, we can put all of our trust in God. We know that he Has a solution and we know that He loves us so much that He wants to help us in every circumstance. We should put all of our hearts into trusting Him and when we do this, putting aside our worldly wisdom, He will always direct us for good.
It is not enough to simply let Him lead us, but we must acknowledge His hand in our lives when He does so. Our generous Father in Heaven can never be repaid for all the good that He does for us. He simply asks that we acknowledge the source of our blessings and thank Him with our whole hearts for that which we receive—often things that we can receive in no other way.
Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with aplenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (Proverbs 9-10)
One of the best ways to show the Lord that we trust Him is to sacrifice for Him our material possessions. From the time of the first man, Adam, to the time of Jesus Christ, the faithful were asked to sacrifice animals to the Lord and to donate their substance to the needy. This is sometimes known as the law of tithing, in which the faithful donate ten percent of their substance to the poor.
After the death of Jesus Christ, His followers were no longer commanded to sacrifice animals, but the law of tithing continued. Not only are all who are tithed supposed to give of their substance, but they are expected to give the best of it, which is what is meant by the term “firstfruits.”
Today, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pay 10 percent of their income, and they usually donate money instead of goods as in olden times. The bishop of each LDS congregation accepts these donations, sending them on to Church headquarters. Other donations, known as fast offerings, are used to help the needy under the bishop’s jurisdiction.
The wonderful thing about the law of tithing as highlighted in Proverbs 3 is that when we give something to the Lord, He blesses us even more. The prophet Malachi wrote: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
The Correction of the Lord
My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. (Proverbs 3:11-12)
When the Lord corrects us, He never does it out of rage, but out of a spirit of love. The relationship between us and our Father in Heaven is similar to the relationship between a mortal father and child. A righteous father wants the best for his children, and when his child does something foolish or immature, he corrects the child out of a desire to teach and help the child. In the same way our Heavenly Father loves us each perfectly and so finds it necessarily sometimes to correct us to help us learn from and correct our mistakes.
A good example of this comes from the account of the brother of Jared in the Book of Mormon. The Lord led the brother of Jared and his family into the wilderness away from the destruction of the Tower of Babel. They traveled until they reached the sea and when they camped there, the Lord spoke to the brother of Jared for three hours, correcting him because he and his people had neglected their prayers to God.
The brother of Jared and his people repented and they were blessed by being led across the sea to a promised land where his people could live in peace. The brother of Jared also had the privilege of seeing Jesus Christ because of his great faith. God’s correction allowed the brother of Jared to change his ways, and put him on a path of greater growth.
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