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Living on God's Word, Not Our Understanding

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding


Beloved, I want to welcome you as we break the bread of life - the undeniable and unchanging Word of God.  You might ask, "what does it mean to 'live on every word of God'? What does it mean not to lean on our understanding?" Today, we will delve into these questions and more as we explore the depths of these powerful words.


Living on the Word of God means to regard His Word as vital to our existence as breathing air or taking food. Our sustenance, our survival, our hope, and our life's navigational compass reside within the pages of the Holy Bible. The Word of God illuminates our path in times of darkness, directs us when we are lost, heals us when we are broken, and comforts us in periods of sorrow.


Jesus, the living Word made flesh, exemplified what it meant to live by every Word. In the wilderness, when tempted by Satan, He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God". He did not rely on His natural strength, but responded with the spiritual truth of God's Word. This is a lesson for us all, a revelation that we must seek to internalize and live by.


Now the question arises, why shouldn't we lean on our understanding? After all, we have been given intellect and reasoning. Is it wrong to depend on them?


The heart of the matter is not that our understanding is worthless or always misguided. It is more about the place we give our understanding in relation to God's Word. The wisdom of this world is limited and often misdirected by our human nature - our emotions, biases, or personal experiences. When we lean solely on our understanding, it is like travelling unknown terrain with a faulty compass - we are bound to get lost. But when we put God's word first, our understanding, illuminated by His wisdom, will take on a divine perspective.


Remember the story of Peter walking on water towards Jesus in Matthew 14:28-31? Peter began to sink when he leaned on his understanding, influenced by the strong wind and waves around him. But when he cried out to Jesus, the living Word, he was saved from his peril. Brothers and sisters, our call is to immerse ourselves fully in the Word of God, trusting it to guide and sustain us amidst ever-changing worldly trends and personal challenges. As we become steadfast in God's Word, our understanding aligns with His wisdom, and we find our feet set on the solid Rock.


May we be like the tree planted by the rivers of water, drawing our sustenance from the God's Word, producing fruits in due season, and not withering under the scorching trials of life (Psalm 1:3). Standing firm on the rock of His Word, may we navigate this journey of faith, not by our limited understanding, but under the divine wisdom of God Almighty.


Let us pray together that God helps us live on every word of His and not lean on our own understanding but trust in His infinite wisdom. As we grow in this divine wisdom, may we become the light of the world, a beacon of hope in a darkened world.


Heavenly Father, we come before you today, seeking your divine guidance as we traverse our life's journey. You tell us in your holy scriptures, "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." So, we ask you today to increase our faith in Your word, that we may find strength and courage for the path set before us.


Lord, we express our gratitude for the gift of the Bible, Your holy and infallible word. Ignite in us a renewed passion for studying your scriptures, instilling within us the truth of Your promises and the entirety of Your divine plan. May we truly comprehend that Your word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Shelter us from the distractions of the world that seek to divert our attention away from Your word and instil a hunger in our hearts for the wisdom only You can provide.


Strengthen us, O God, when our faith feels weak, when our spirits are low, and when we are confronted by doubts. Remind us that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. Support us during times of trials and tribulations, reassuring us that You are always there, that you have a plan and purpose for everything that happens. We seek to trust in Your word completely, not leaning on our own understanding, but acknowledging You in all our ways.


Dear Lord, we pray for a faith that is rooted deeply in Your word, a faith that is unshakeable despite the shifting circumstances of life. Let us be like the tree planted by the streams of water, thriving and bearing fruits in season, whose leaf does not wither. Let your holy word be our guiding light, our comforting presence, our strength in weakness, and our beacon of hope in these unpredictable times.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.