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Trust God: Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

Proverbs 3:5-6

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.


Often, we find ourselves on the precipice of a dilemma, caught between trusting our fallible human understanding and the infallible wisdom of our Heavenly Father. It is a struggle, borne out of our inherent human nature, to take the reins of control rather than yield to the divine will of God. We are prone to trusting our impressions, our judgments, and our solutions. But let me remind you today, beloved, that our understanding is finite, and can be misguided.


The Bible cautions us, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). It is a gentle nudge, urging us to shift our gaze from our own fallible hearts and minds to the infallible wisdom of God. For He alone can guide us through life's complex maze with unfailing precision.


But how can we trust in the Lord, you ask? How can we place our confidence in the unseen? It begins with acknowledging that we are not self-sufficient beings; we are not the masters of our fate. Instead, we are God's creation, fashioned by His hands, and destined for His purposes.


We trust God by surrendering our will to Him, by acknowledging that His ways are higher than ours, His thoughts deeper, His plans grander. In our surrender, we allow God to shape us, mould us, and guide us along the paths He has ordained for us. It requires courage, it demands faith, and above all, it calls for trust.


Remember, dear children of God, that our trust in God is not based on our feelings or our circumstances. Instead, it is rooted in God's unchanging character and His unfailing promises. We build it on His unending mercy, His boundless grace, and His unfathomable love.


In conclusion, let us be encouraged by the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."


As we journey through life, let us shift our trust from ourselves to God, for in Him alone we find our surety, our stability, our security. Let us lean not on our own understanding but fully embrace God's trust, for He will indeed make our paths straight. May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding be with us all.