Proverbs 3:5-6 is an often quoted passage, often considered a life verse or used by us to encourage someone else to trust his life with God. These verses talk about trusting God with all our hearts, not trusting our own wisdom and allowing God to direct our paths.
I was thinking how this passage relates to every facet of our ministry. We look to God to supply our needs financially to pay salaries, power bills, buy food and to just keep running our facilities day to day. We have to trust God to send the staff and volunteers who have a heart for our people. Then we have to trust Him for wisdom as we seek to show the love of God to so many in need. And finally we have to trust Him to work in the hearts and lives of those who come to us for help.
So often we hear wonderful testimonies or stories or even just a “thank you” from former and present residents who have looked to us for help. It would be so easy to become complacent and take these blessings for granted. But we cannot.
I love the fact that we pray together as a staff on a regular basis. That we know that only God can give us the wisdom to know what to say to a person struggling with drugs or an abusive relationship or deep depression and a number of other major issues. We know that God alone can change a person’s life and make him a new creation.
We know that only God can lay it on a person’s heart to donate money or food or other gifts to meet an urgent need. As I am writing this, someone just brought by 250 pounds of ground beef! He had a cow butchered. That will go a long way to feed 150 men! Sometimes God even lets us have something really special like a truck load of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!
There is nothing quite so exciting or so fulfilling to see what God does when we rely on Him!