“ … lean not on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5b (NIV)
What are you leaning on in life? All of us lean on something or someone. You may be leaning on your abilities, your intellect or your resources. So far, they’ve proven stable enough to support you. But what about in a real crisis, when the storms of life come and you don’t know what to do? It could be an economic setback, a layoff or an unexpected diagnosis or worse, the sudden death of a loved one. Life happens. When you live long enough, you discover that sorrow and suffering are indiscriminate. It doesn’t matter how wealthy or intelligent you are. Ask yourself if what you are leaning on can sustain you no matter what happens in life. If you’re wise, you’ll admit you need something greater than your own ability, someone far more capable than you are to lean on in life. Where do you turn to for that kind of support? The wisest man who ever lived, other than Christ Himself, offers us this advice. He said,
“Lean not on your own understanding.”
I’m so thankful Solomon didn’t leave it at that. He prefaced it with what we should do.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart…”
Your understanding, your talent, your skills, and your resources can only take you so far. But, when you put your trust in God, you have an illimitable supply! Moses taught the people of God that truth in a wonderful promise found in Deuteronomy 33:27 (NIV)
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Lean on Him! He is your strongest support! He will never let you fall!