Proverbs 3:5 – ‘lean not unto thine own understanding’

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

One of the hardest things that we’re supposed to do as humans is to trust God. We often say that we do, but there are always doubts lingering about how much we are supposed to do to make things work properly in our own lives.

For some, it’s a question of faith. We believe, but we have a harder time truly letting go of what we think we know and following what we actually know deep down. For others, it’s a matter of pride. We want to be independent. We want to do things and accomplish goals.

For most, it’s simply a matter of poor understanding. The Lord will do whatever it is that we need. Sometimes, what we need is a trial or tribulation. During these times is when we are most likely to start trusting in our own understanding. This is why Peter fell into the water. He initially was able to walk on it as Jesus did before him, but his own mind, knowing that he shouldn’t be able to do what he was doing, cast doubt in his mind and he fell.

As believers, we don’t have to fall. It’s when we choose to do our own things, even when we believe them to be righteous, that the faith is weakest in us.

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