Trust the Guide

Proverbs 3:5-6

“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.”

My Dad

Unlike me, my dad was brought up in a rough and tough home. At the age of 14, for his birthday, he received his first moonshine still. In high school he was one of the “protectors” who protected for a fee. Up until he met my mother in the middle 1960’s he was still running white lightning through the hills of Tennessee and building drag cars.

As a high school senior my dad benched 300 lbs.; ran track; threw shot put; was the state heavyweight wrestling champion; loved to fight; and could drink away a paycheck. But just a few years later, on the living room floor of my mother’s house, he gave his heart to Jesus Christ, and nothing stayed the same.

My Dad’s Guidance

My father was a wise man, but make no mistake about it, he earned his wisdom the hard way. And I did my best to follow his instruction, because I figured he knew what he was talking about. He had seen and done a lot, and he had the scars to prove it.

One day he told me, “Son, sin is fun. Alcohol tastes good. The devil has a lot to offer. But let me tell you, when you have friends bleed to death in your arms you’ll realize sin ain’t worth the price.” Spoken like the humble preacher he was.

When I got old enough to run wild, I didn’t. When I could drive, I drove safely. When I dated, I saved myself for marriage. Was I perfect? Absolutely not! But every time I came close to messing up I would remember my dad, his words, and his example. That remembrance helped direct my path.

Solomon’s Dad

Solomon had a father, also. His name was King David, and he also knew the cost of sin, the feeling of spilled blood.

God gave Solomon wisdom, but some of it came through the words of David, Solomon’s rough and tough dad. I wonder if the above verses were based on the following advice given years earlier?

As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. – 1Chronicals 28:9 NKJV

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. – Psalm 37:3-5 KJV

Solomon surely took his father’s words to heart. Our Father asks us to do the same.

A Prayer

Lord God, I am so tempted to do things my way. I am tempted so often to trust my own feelings, to follow my heart. Help me, Lord, to acknowledge that you have traveled this way before. Help me to listen and pay attention as you guide me through the curves of life, making them as good as straight.

Related Link: “First Post” – A tribute to my father, Rev. Terry L. Baker.


About Anthony Baker

Husband, dad, pastor, artist, and musician. Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2006 (no joke!). Loves coffee (big time), good movies, and sarcastic humor. Holds a Doctorate in Ministry. Most importantly, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. All glory belongs to Him! Matthew 5:16 View all posts by Anthony Baker

7 responses to “Trust the Guide

  • danklemitis

    I was one of those who did my best to learn from what my parents had to tell me. However, I went against my own advice in 2005, and I prayed for “a good testimony.” That was when I gave up wisdom for 15 months. When God finally brought me back to my senses, one of my many new prayers was “God, renew that wisdom you gave me as a child when I learned from my parents’ mistakes … most of the time. Give me more wisdom!”

    My parents have never been perfect, and they will tell you. For years, I was the spiritual head of the household. Today, my parents are two of the godliest people I know.

  • David

    If my Dad had bench pressed 300lbs I think I would have listened to him and been a lot more obedient! I wonder how different my life might have been if I had listened and not had to learn stuff the hard way like your father?

  • Middle Age Ramblings

    I loved this post. I praise God for having Godly parents when I was growing up. The cool thing is that they are in their 80’s now and I can still go to them and seek their wisdom. Thanks for the post!

    • Anthony Baker

      Thanks. My desire is that my own children will one day look back and say they learned wisdom from me. My dad was a humble, godly man. I can’t say I’ve been as consistent. But God is faithful.

      • Middle Age Ramblings

        I agree. I think if all of us Dads were truthful we would hope to be more consistent. Know that my children are grown and have children of their own, I see, thankfully, that more of the good stuck with my children than the things I didn’t get right.

  • Jason Sneed

    Anthony, I was much liked you and listened to my father’s advice – Praise the Lord! It kept me out of a lot of trouble. My father was also a large gentleman and I actually had fear, not the reverential fear, but actually being afraid of what he would do to me if I messed up! Did it still keep me from being perfect – I use your words – absolutely not, but he was teaching me and instructing me by not only showing it to me in God’s Word but also showing it to me by the way he lived his life! Thanks for the post!

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