Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding … Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops. Proverbs 3:5, 9

We say that we trust God, but does it show in our actions? One test is where we invest our money. Paul Larsen, in his commentary, Wise Up and Live, writes:

“The most significant telltale symptom of this lack of trust is that they never get around to honoring the Lord with their substance. We’ve got to make sure that the family has security; and we don’t add to the security by whopping off a hunk of it and putting it in the offering plate, unless we really believe that God is our security.”

It’s easy to say we trust God, but is God a priority when we make decisions about our finances? Another test is how we spend time in relationships. Do we trust God to bring godly people into our lives? Or do we spend our time with non-believers because we are lonely and are anxious to find a life-partner? Once we start dating those who don’t follow the Lord, it’s difficult to break off a relationship when we are emotionally attached. If we desire a godly partner, we need to commit to only dating Christians.

How much we trust in the Lord reveals itself in our daily decisions. Those small, daily decisions determine the overall direction of our lives. The message of Proverbs is to be wise in the decisions that take a moment to make but create a pattern for our future. Proverbs encourages us to trust in the Lord because he has our best interests at heart and wants to spare us the difficulties that come when we “lean on our own understanding.”