Yesterday’s message …
- Began a four week exploration of only two bible verses: Proverbs 3:5-6 — two verses we are implanting in the minds of the people of the church with key ring holders.
- Hinged on a demonstration involving a 6’3″ 290 lb Olympic High School football player — who had run a fumble back for a touchdown on Friday night!;
- Let people know that “trust” is not something that you conjure up in the midst of a crisis but is instead a commitment to living life God’s way and in so doing prevent crises before they arise;
- Led to this bottom line: His revelation > your intuition.
A couple of phrases and sayings, if I may. You’ve probably heard someone say them in the last month; more likely heard them come out of your own mouth in the last week. Ready?
Trust your gut.
Follow you heart.
Believe in yourself.
What these all are, in the final analysis, are encouragements to lean on your own intuition. That inner sense that tells you who is calling you as soon as you hear the phone ring and before you check caller ID; that awareness you have to stay away from the potato salad that’s been sitting out in sun at a summer picnic; the inward answered prayer that almost magically opens up a good parking spot on Black Friday at the mall. Your intuition is really a personal kind of knowledge allowing you to make decisions based ultimately on trusting your gut and following your heart. They often call it “a woman’s intuition” but c’mon: guys can have it, too.
In fact, one guy who had it was Obi Wan Kenobi: CLIP Star Wars. Hear that? Instincts. Feelings. Yep. Or NOT a long time ago and NOT in a galaxy far, far away, there was Sully. His gut, his intuition told him almost without thinking about it, “I got to land this plane on the Hudson River!” And thank God he did. Praise God for that particular moment of intuition.
But you know this, too, don’t you? For every Obi Wan, for every Sully, there are probably ten occasions when your gut told you wrong, when your heart led you astray, when your inner voice just should have shut up. That guy who you met and you heard LOVE and he’s the same one who left you feeling used up and kicked aside. That candidate who you were SURE was gonna make your life better and now he’s in office and you’re still the same. The church that you just KNEW God was telling you to change to and yet it proved as inept as the two previous ones. That investment that your voice whispered DO IT DO IT DO IT! … and it’s now DONE it to the point that your net worth is about half of what it was. Even the most intuitive among you have learned that when intuition meets long term planning chaos is likely the result.
Which brings us to the biblical couplet that is going to be the foundation of The Trust Factor. It’s Proverbs 3:5-6, and these are the first verses of Scripture that I ever memorized, recommended to me by my older sister when I was a brand new, 17 year old Xn. And these words are so valuable, so enduring, so helpful even if SOMETIMES misappropriated that we are going to read them out loud and together: