Lean on Him

Proverbs 3:1-8 (NIV)

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

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.

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.

When you lean on somebody, it means that you are relying on them for support.  If you were physically leaning on something, then you trust that it will hold you up.  Think of what or who you are leaning on.  Are you leaning on the approval of others or on other people?  People can let you down.  Even when you have your own plans and are leaning on your own expertise or understanding, your plans may not go according to the way you want it to go.

This is where God comes into the picture.  He is trying to appeal to us that we’ll be disappointed if we lean on others and ourselves and without leaning on Him.  He asks us to trust in him with all of our heart, submit to him and he will make our paths straight.  If I think that I am wise in my own eyes, then I will also be disappointed.  I should not trust in myself either.  I have seen that trusting in my own wisdom has resulted in failure and results in many mistakes.  True wisdom comes from God and trust and dependence on Him should be my first priority whenever I need to do something.

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