Lean NOT On Your Own Understanding…

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Proverbs 3:5-6  NIV

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”


How often in our lives do we try to force things to fit the constraints of our minds? If we can’t understand it then it must not be possible. Right? On the contrary, we are still figuring out the world around us day by day. Scientists have to go back and retract their claims due to new discoveries that disprove their theories on a consistent basis.

When will we realize that we are only human and we cannot possibly known and/or understand every facet of this universe?

That’s the flaw of humanity though. It was the downfall of Adam and Eve in Eden. It was even what brought down Lucifer and all of his followers when they rebelled against God in Heaven. It’s why they were cast out.

For some reason, Lucifer thought so much of himself (starting with his vanity as he was claimed to be exceedingly beautiful) that he began to put himself on the same level as God. Almost the whole cliché idea of “anything you can do, I can do better” attitude. He convinced other angels to follow him and rebel against God. That was a huge mistake. They were cast out from heaven and fell from their angelic duties. It’s all through the bible.

Lucifer, then on also referred to as Satan, tempted Adam and Eve to taste of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. He told them that they would become just like God and know/understand everything. Their foolish desire to have to understand everything and put themselves on the same level as God is what led to their being cast out from the garden of Eden. They had to toil and suffer many troubles after that.

Do you see a recurrent theme here?

Don’t be foolish and make the same mistake as they did. Learn from others’ past mistakes. That’s one of the reasons these stories are recorded in the Bible and have been passed down for thousands of years.

When we struggle to figure out our own problems without seeking God’s help, we are blindly leading ourselves in circles. We need to accept that we can’t find our way out on our own and we need His divine assistance.

If we learn to trust what He’s doing and push through the difficult times, then we will see (whether it’s immediate or years down the road…or maybe we won’t live to see the fruit of our labor at all) that God uses all of our struggles for good. Maybe it’s not for our own good, but for the good of someone else. It could be someone in our lives who is affected or a witness to our story who needed to hear.

Either way, we do not know it all and we should jump off the hamster wheel of seeking to solve all of our own problems on our own and turn to our Creator. After all, if he can design a universe where moons and planets orbit specifically around and the microscopic living entities in our cells instinctively work to keep us alive, then he can solve your merely human problems. Am I right?

What are you struggling with that you need to hand over to God? Do you need prayer? Tell us in the comments…



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