Leaning to Our Own Understanding
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. – Proverbs 3:5-6
God has given us three commands to follow:
- Trust – meaning to rely,
- Lean not – meaning, for us not to depend on ourselves or instincts; and
- Acknowledge Him – meaning to have fellowship and intimacy with God on the mountain top as well as when we’re in the valley.
As humans, we usually go with our instincts, and this is something that was God-given. There are times when we can’t go with just our instincts, but the leading and guiding of God. God knows what is best for us, He is a better judge of what we want than we are. Many times we think we want something, and once we get it then we don’t really want it. It’s very beneficial when we get direction from God and His word. First of all, we’re submitting to His word, and acknowledging Him. Secondly, when we acknowledge Him, we’re placing our trust in Him. Thirdly, He has instructed us to ask (Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you – Matthew 7:7). Following God’s instructions will bring the blessings we desire.