Lean Not To Your Own Understanding

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Proverbs 3:5

2016 Frieda P. Smith

I have a confession to make.  I have been wrong on more than one occasion, because I trusted in my wisdom, intelligence, discernment, and understanding of certain situations.  Subsequently, I allowed what I understood to be correct to be the foundation of decisions I made regarding those situations.

In retrospect, I realize where I messed up.  King Solomon wrote these words, recorded in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.

You see, my friends, all of us have the tendency of leaning to our own understanding.  After all, we consider ourselves to be intelligent people.  We know what we are doing and what we are talking about.  Keeping it real, some of us question the advice of others, because we are right—everyone else (including God) must be wrong.

However, the reality is that the only One who understands all things is God!  It is for this reason that Solomon said, “Trust in the Lord and lean not to your own understanding…”

The Prophet Isaiah reminds us that our ways are not His ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).  In other words, most of the time we are off base.

We are thinking one thing, but God is thinking something else.

We see one thing, but God sees something else.

I know you cannot see it.  You cannot believe it is possible.

Nevertheless, trust in the Lord.

 Lean not to your own understanding. 




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