Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Life is full of things I do not understand…what actually happens in a cocoon that turns a caterpillar into a butterfly? Why people do not get along any better than they do? Why I struggle in the ways that I do? Nor can I figure out why special, loving people seem to die young while mean, cranky people seem to live forever! This list can go on and on!
What do you do when you do not understand something? Sometimes I think about the fact that I do not even understand why I do what I do, so it is not unreasonable that I sometimes cannot understand why God does what He does. The fact is, there is much in life, much about God Himself, much about eternity, that I will never understand. The question I need to ask is and have been asking the past couple of days is, how much understanding does it take for me to trust God?
Leaning on our own understanding and on human wisdom instead of trusting the Lord, leads to a lifetime of frustration and confusion instead of contentment and joy. God alone is the sole source of all understanding. What a freedom we find when we put aside our demands to understand everything and relax in the knowledge that because He does, we don’t have to.
Asking Him for understanding is fine. In fact, David cries out for it no less than five times in Psalm 119 as he pleads,” Give me understanding that I may live.” But the measure of our trust is revealed when we do not understand but are content to know God does!
So would you please join me today, let’s pray for a greater appreciation for the fact that He is God and we are not.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6