I lean on a lot of things. Every week I lean on things in my life and never give a second thought to whether or not they might fail to do their job – hold me up. I sit on chairs, stools and benches. I ride in cars, buses, cabs and airplanes. I lean against tables, walk out on decks, sit in swings, and walk over bridges….and rarely do I question whether I am making the right decision by doing so.
The truth be told, I put my trust in things, even put my life/health at risk multiple times a week without so much as a second thought. I have come to trust in those things. I assume they are going to do what they are designed to do.
The same principle seems to apply when it comes to relying upon my own logic, wisdom and understanding to make daily decisions. I have “been around the block” a few times in my years and have learned quite a bit. The school of hard knocks has taught me a lot over time. I have learned from my mistakes and come to rely on my experience as a pretty good barometer for gauging the events of the day. I have grown pretty accustomed to my own wisdom and understanding actually.
Then I read a passage that tells me to “Trust in the Lord with all my heart, lean not on my own understanding, but to acknowledge the Lord in all my ways and He will direct my steps. Do not be wise in my own eyes“. Proverbs 3:5-7
How do I not lean on my own understanding and experience? How do I let someone else direct my steps? Didn’t the Lord allow me to experience all that I have experienced so I can better make my own decisions? Do I become a robot drone with no input or opinion of my own?
Well, I was so glad to discover that God has not only guided me throughout my entire life experience to date – He has been the one to teach me the life lessons and earthly wisdom I have accumulated along the way. Like a loving Father, He will graciously allow me to ignore His input, and make my own decisions – or He will offer His wisdom, understanding and direction if I choose to listen. The choice is always mine.
What has taken me far too long to comprehend, is that He always has more wisdom, understanding and sees my life from a higher perspective than I do. His Father’s heart for me also desires that I experience life to the fullest, and not settle for an “okay” existence. He is a God who blesses abundantly, and always does “exceedingly, abundantly more than I can ask or think”. (Remember Jesus’ advice to the weary fishermen who had been fishing all night long and had tried everything they knew how to do….they did what he suggested and their catch of fish nearly swamped their boat).
God is a wise God. He is an extravagant giver of good things to His children. He always know what we need and has all the resources in the universe to abundantly supply it.
So, why am I even tempted to “lean on” my perspective, my experience and my understanding? Habit I guess. Lord, help me lean completely on You, and trust Your heart for me.