Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
The information age we live in has brought every conflict, every war, every act of violence to the forefront of our minds. We have more information than our brains were meant to process. The situation and circumstances we live in and through can be researched on the internet to find how others coped and got victory.
But the guiding factor to our thinking needs to be filtered through the Word of God. People posture and present ‘facts’ that support their way of thinking and others reading would receive it as truth – if not for the Word of God. We need God’s filter:
Phillipians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
When something we read brings about passion in us, we must first check to see if God is for or against what incited the passion in the first place.
“…lean not unto thine own understanding”
God even exposes a part of ourselves we may not be ready or willing to admit.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
We all have in us the desire to want to be in control. When we are in control, we feel that we are masters of our own destiny. The motivational speakers of today say that it is within you to control your success in life. Their pattern of thinking and choices they made stand as testimony to their program.
Yet, in the grand scheme of things, many fail to ever consider the eternal over the here and now. So much so, that we deceive ourselves into thinking there is nothing beyond what we can see or touch.
There are people in our lives who to us, seem invisible. To some, the homeless are invisible. To others, the weak. And still others, people of different race, culture, creed, or social standing.
Just like there are those who are invisible to us, we miss the one element God desires us to consider when making any and all decisions in our life: “What are the eternal consequences?” “How will this affect my meeting with the Lord when I see Him?”
Many of my ‘Aha’ moments in life came when I was willing to give up control to see things another way; see things through another’s eyes.
God asks us in the verses today, not to trust what I think and what I feel and what I see to guide my thinking. My loving, Heavenly Father asks me to lean on Him and see things from His perspective. How different would our lives be if all of us would ask God what to think, how to view or how to feel in any and all situation and circumstance in our life.
James 1:19-20 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
If only we would be swift to hear whatever God has for us, we could avoid much self-induced heartache and trouble. And so, it comes down to that matter of control. It is either God controlling me or me alone.
I know me enough not to trust what travels between my two ears as right and good. I must look to God and check it with Him. Leaning means I am trusting Who and what is supporting me. Leaning means I have confidence in Whom I am placing my direction. Leaning means I am relinquishing control to One greater than myself.
Today, if there is not a complete and utter dependence on God, we need to start somewhere. Trust Him for one thing – your eternal destiny. Salvation through Jesus Christ alone is the ONLY way to Heaven… there is no other.
Then, trust Him for one more thing; and another and soon you will begin to find that our Father knows best.