Who does God confide in? This is a powerful and provocative question. Is the answer a “do” thing? As much as we may try, we can’t earn our way into God’s presence. We discover in Psalms 25:14, it is an attitude thing, “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.” The word “fear” here means reverential awe, respect above all things and others. It is placing God in His rightful position in our lives.
In Proverbs 3:7&8, Solomon gives clarity to whom God confides and the results of this relationship, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.”
- “Do not be wise in your own eyes.” A person does not honor God when he/she stays in their own head and trusts in self alone. This is “me, myself, and I” living. Solomon candidly tells us to get off the throne room of our lives. We are not nearly as wise and smart as we think we are. God cannot confide in a self-centered person.
- “Fear the Lord.” Put God in His rightful place. Show Him your respect and honor by making Him Lord of your life.
- “Turn away from evil.” God is holy. He cannot confide in you as long as you allow sin to remain in your life. 1 John 1:9 explains how to get clean, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- “It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” Nehemiah 8:10 states this beautifully, “the joy of the Lord is your strength.” This is the results of God confiding and living freely in you.
Proverbs 3:5&6 explains what fearing God looks like, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Let’s break this verse down:
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Trusting God totally reveals to God our respect.
- “Lean not on your own understanding.” Getting out of our own mind and thoughts focusing on God and His word honors Him.
- “In all your ways acknowledge Him.” Submitting to Him in all our ways is fearing God.
- And He will make your paths straight.” Once we put our total trust in God, He confides in us as He gives us direction in our lives.
Revelation 3:20 is the tender, intimate desire of Jesus to confide in us, “I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me.” Eating with one another in the days of Jesus was a relaxing time. No one was in a rush during confidential, familial conversation. This invitation is extended to you. He “confides in those who fear Him.”