Devo: Not safe for leaning.

By Tiffany Deluccia

Lean on me

I’ve had this verse memorized since I was a kid. It’s one of those I never comprehend fully for long.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

It’s like trying to catch a bubble or hold a single thought in your mind for a minute without thinking of anything else: Every time I think I’ve got it, I’ve already popped on to the next thought.

I struggle most with the second part of verse 5 – “Lean not on your own understanding.”

His ways are higher than ours, and yet we spend so much breath, time and energy trying to work out what He’s doing up there. If we could come to terms with this–that if our understanding makes sense, it’s likely only a fraction of the truth–we could save ourselves a lot of frustration!

When you find yourself trying to figure out why and how God’s going to come through, stop and acknowledge your own understanding isn’t safe for leaning. I find it’s easier to trust God completely when I have no idea what’s coming than when I think I know. How about you?

Photo via jronaldlee, Flickr

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Courtney says:

    Happy Tuesday! I will rely on God and trust, however, my human side likes to show! As soon as I say, “Okay God, you have this”, my human side comes into play. I start trying to think of solutions or just worry about it. Are there any tips you can suggest to stop the madness! I constantly pray about this, but it’s a habit so hard to break.

    1. Trying to think of solutions is a bad habit of mine, as well, unfortunately. God’s been really showing me lately (and I’ll have a blog post on this topic in the next week or so) that I make an idol of a problem or my solutions. The only way to stop worshipping an idol is to repent and start worshipping God. The best thing I’ve found is to focus on His goodness and faithfulness.

  2. Kaleigh Ward says:

    I agree that I sometimes find it easier to trust the less I know. When I have a few details to work with, I start trying to construct a plan out of them, which can set me up for disappointment. If I don’t know anything at all, I don’t have much of a choice but to wait and trust!

    1. Same here! The word God keeps speaking to me is ‘humility.’ At first mention, I didn’t see the connection. But when I start trying to solve problems, map my future or imagine a way to make things happen on my own, I’m really elevating my wisdom above my faith in God’s. He’s been drawing me to my knees and to unclench my fists from holding onto my own way.

      And it’s amazing how much more exciting the possibilities seem (and how much less intimidating the unknowns) when tomorrow is in His hands instead of my head.

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