Updated: Jan 3, 2021
LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING
August 11, 2020 By Donnella Cranford
FOCUS SCRIPTURE: 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. James 4:6 (NIV)
ENCOURAGEMENT: This is a very familiar passage of Scripture, but just what does it mean? We have to fully trust in God and relinquish all control. This action can be really difficult especially for those who are controlling individuals. It takes obedience, discipline and God-honoring persistence.
It’s normal to be discouraged or disappointed when things happen that are not what we planned for nor expected. And, it’s okay to give yourself permission to feel those emotions, but never to stay there. Instead, we can press in and meditate on this Scripture, using it as a source of encouragement so we don’t get side tracked by relying on our own understanding.
Keep in mind that with this promise comes a condition; it’s a cause and effect response. We do our part and God will do His. I’m suggesting that we be content in not needing an explanation that satisfies our understand for things that are out of our control. Our limited understanding can easily lead us astray. Keep in mind, that God sees the whole picture, while we only see our tiny corner of it. To trust in the Lord with all our heart means we cannot place our own right to understand above His right to direct our lives.
PRAYER: Father God, thank you for Your promise in Proverbs 3 that when we trust in You with the fullness of our heart, don’t lean on our own understanding, but acknowledge You in all our ways, You will direct us and make our path straight. Lord, remove the pride and stubborn independence from us and stamp the verses of this Proverb on our hearts, souls and minds so that we can live by it every day of our lives, in Jesus name we pray.
REFLECTION: Keep in mind, trusting in God and not learning on our own understanding are mutually exclusive. In other words, if we trust in the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing, nor everything people do and say. Stamp this verse on your heart today.