Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding – Part 1
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
A few years ago, my wife and I had our first child, Addison, and about six months ago, our second child, Jaxon, was born. Although we are in the early stages of raising children, the lessons learned from watching them grow and mature is priceless. Deep in the heart of precious little children lies the effect of original sin, which often displays pride, selfishness, jealousy and many other deep-rooted characteristics.
Over the course of time, life happens, tragedy and trauma occur. We experience broken relationships, addictions, or a promotion that we worked hard for, but refuse to give God the glory. Often our circumstances and experiences shape our heart in a way where our natural reaction is not aligned with the will of God. Then you add the out of control emotions to the situation and it’s very easy to lean on your own understanding. It feels like the right thing; it usually even feels a lot better. But remember, feelings aren’t facts.
Going back to my little girl, when she leans on her own understanding is when she gets tripped up, but as she takes daddy’s hand, she finds she gets what is needed without the pain of falling.
Father, there’s a pride in our heart that keeps us from leaning on you. I ask that you work that out of us, so that we may live that childlike faith that you call for.