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Our Own Understanding

Proverbs 3:5 – “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Both of these things are difficult to do in a society like ours.

All Christians claim to trust in the Lord. That’s the basis of our faith. Do we do it with ALL our hearts?

ALL our heart. All of it. Every second of every day. Not even a daydream or a thought about a loved one should take priority over the Lord.

And lean not unto our own understanding? Imagine tossing your formal education and life experiences out the window when making a decision.

Most of us turn to prayer for major decisions like a large purchase of a house or car, or perhaps when changing careers, starting a family, when making an important health decision, or during financial difficulties.

We have no problem trusting in the Lord for those things in which we know we have no control. However, do we trust in Him for the small things? Do we trust Him when we are making a grocery list or deciding which gas station to go to? Do we trust in Jesus Christ to help us choose an outfit to wear for the day or to guide us through every conversation or interaction?

This is the level of connection we should have with the Lord. We should lean on Him to not only guide our steps, but to guide every thought and cognitive synapse firing off as we determine whether to take a step in the first place.

The Lord is not as nuanced as we are. Trust in the Lord with ALL thine heart. Pray WITHOUT CEASING. Love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with ALL thy soul, and with ALL thy mind.

God wants 100% of us. As you go about your day, consider how much you are actually giving to him and how much you hold back for yourself. I think you might be surprised at how little we trust in the Lord and how much we lean on our own understanding.

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