We’re “leaners.” Each and every one of us leans upon something, or someone, during our times of trouble. Typically, our first inclination is to lean upon ourselves – our ability, our understanding, and our resources. Yet God’s Word clearly tells us not to (Proverb 3:5).
Once we come to an end of ourselves, many of us then turn to trusted friends or family. Certainly, we are to have them around during the hard times (Proverb 27:10). However, Scripture is clear that eventually even our dearest friends and family can fail us (Job 19:14).
Ultimately, God wants us to fall upon Him. The same verse that tells us not to lean on our own understanding, first instructs us to “Trust in the Lord with all our heart.” Trust in this verse comes from a word that means “to throw one down upon his face.” You see, we either try to prop ourselves up with shaky supports, or we throw ourselves down onto a rock-solid foundation which is God.
About these options, CS Lewis once wrote:
I see more clearly, I think, the necessity (if one may so put it) which God is under of allowing us to be afflicted – so few of us will really rest all on Him if He leaves us any other support.
What do you do during your afflictions? Do you try to prop yourself up? Or do you throw yourself down upon the Lord? He wants us to rest fully in Him at all times – let’s learn to throw ourselves on Him instead of leaning on shaky supports. –Dave
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…(Proverb 3:5)
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