"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"
When I was young, trust seemed to come so much easier. I was not tainted by shades of earthly awareness and trusted in the Lord wholeheartedly. I remember times where life seemed to be spiraling downward at a dangerous pace, and I'd just nonchalantly begin my steadfast prayer just knowing that God will intercept the debris. There was so much trust then. A grade that was dropping below a C would be miraculously replaced with a higher attaining B, just by the simple act of faith. But as I grew trust became more difficult, I would unknowingly exercise all my blessed knowledge some days before resulting to prayer. Sadly, this wasted precious time that God could be guiding me in a safer direction.
Today's verse is all about trust. Relying totally on trust, Solomon writes this proverb from the heart. He tells us that we are to trust the Lord with all our hearts, always. It is probably the "all" that makes it difficult for us to understand. I trust God, but it hasn't always been easy, and I've learned from my mistakes.
Sometimes in life I've found myself in situations where I find a difficult time trusting God. It's not that I deliberately do this, I just don't think of him first. I'm one of those individuals who has an answer to everything, and it is my innate duty to remind myself that God has great answers, too. In fact, he may have the TOTAL answer that will help more than my own presumptuous ideas. Unfortunately, this is where I have a tendency to lean on my "own understanding."
To lean on you own understanding is a metaphor for processing the events of our lives through the filters of our own perception and interpretation without including God. This approach is often unreliable. But you must realize that trusting God doesn't mean that God wants us to stop thinking. He wants us to use our own understanding with the aid of his superior intelligence through prayer. He wants us to carefully think through these trying situations and run our human understandings as guidelines. As we do so, we should be seeking his guidance. Because, it is God's filter that acquires true clarity.
I thank you for your trust. Help me to trust you
more completely, with all my heart.
Remind me to seek prayer alongside my
own human wisdom you blessed me with.