Learning to NOT Lean

Learning to NOT Lean

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Prov. 3:5

Countless times we have heard in sermon after sermon, song after song, conversation after conversation that we are to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart." While that is of utmost importance to us in the realm of our relationship with God, let us not forget that there is a second half to that verse that is forgotten so many times over. While we may easily say that we are not "standing" on our own understanding, how often do we lean on what our own understanding is? The reality of our understanding is that it is limited. None of us know everything, a few know a lot, most know a little.

I sat with one of my boys last night to work on homework. His assignment was to work on sight and sound words that were just given to him for the first time yesterday. On the first word, he looked at me and said "I don't know that word." To his shock (which is one of his words), I told him that is the point, learning is when you take your lack of knowledge and fill it with knowledge brought by some other source. In this we find the danger of leaning to our own understanding. What if I didn't care to help him and he simply guessed at what the word should be and used it from now on? It could change his thinking for life!

Our understanding may fail due to us not knowing enough to handle a situation, but the LORD will NEVER fail, no matter what! If we trust in Him, He will give us the knowledge and wisdom that we need to accomplish anything for His Kingdom.