Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

"I just don't understand!"  Ever feel that way?  I know I do.  The writer of proverbs said, "get wisdom and get knowledge, and with all your getting, get understanding."  Understanding is contextual.  It is our frame of reference for how we process the world.  It is crucial in decision-making.

And which decisions tend to turn out the worst?  The ones where we misunderstood a piece of the equation.  This puts a lot of pressure on us when facing big decisions, doesn't it?  We want to make sure we clearly understand the implications of the decisions we make.  At least I do, and maybe more than most.

My father once said of me that I "want to know the end from the beginning."  As father's words tend to do they became a frame through which I see myself.  He identified my analytical nature of wanting to know how it all ends up. 

Last Sunday brother Bob shared a message in which he challenged us to consider the pride of doing things our own way, and instead do them God's way.  He quoted Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."  That verse has been stuck in my heart ever since.  

Part of my daily prayer is that God will show me favor.  His favor opens doors that I can't open, and closes doors that I wouldn't close.  I can't understand everything, but He does.  I can't know how my life, family, ministry will all end up, but He does.  And it is all His anyway.  I'm simply trying to trust Him, and not lean on my own understanding.

--Ben

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