Lean not on your own understanding

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. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)

These verses have always comforted me; being assured that the Lord has things well in hand and that I can trust him to direct my path in the way I should go. But actually living this out can be difficult. How do we not rely on our own understanding of a situation?

The Lord has given us a brain and wisdom, and he expects us to use them. So what do we do when our wisdom tells us, things are falling apart?

Recently we (at the Encouraging Word) ordered a four week Bible study on Advent for our focus group. But the books never came.

We prayed for direction, we prayed for insight and understanding, we prayed for the books to come. All, to no avail. Nothing seemed to work. We couldn’t find enough study books to buy at a bookstore, and there wasn’t time to order anything else. Our understanding of the situation looked grim. So we ended up picking up a simple Christmas book and watching the accompanying video with our focus group.

At times the Lord does not reveal our path until we are upon it. He encourages us to set aside our understanding and trust him with the situation.

Are you seeking the Lord’s will in a situation and in your life? Then you can trust him; no matter what it seems like to us. He is making our paths straight. One step at a time.

Our study of “The purpose of Christmas” was just what the Lord wanted us to do.

Walkout your faith, commit your ways to the Lord, then have peace about the path that you are on. Stop second-guessing yourself and trust the Lord to lead the way.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help us grab hold of this verse and truly apply it to our lives. Help us to trust you even when things look confusing to us. We love you and want your will for our lives. Amen

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

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