Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
Do not lean on our own understanding. God has been reminding me of this important truth in recent days. God does not call us to understand all His ways. God does not call us to understand Him. God calls us to trust Him. And I hereby submit to you right now that true trust comes when we do NOT lean on our own understanding; true trust comes when we don’t understand, yet we believe.
When we physically lean on something, we are using that something for support. For instance, if I lean against the wall, then I am using the wall to help support me. If I lean my head on a shoulder, then that shoulder is supporting my head. This means if we are leaning on our own understanding, then we are in essence trying to support ourselves with our finite minds. We are trying to walk through life trusting in what we can understand, explain, and see.
Yet faith, trust, and belief cannot be seen, explained, or understood. It is not possible to stand on the promises of God if we are leaning on our own understanding. What we see and experience on earth may not make sense; our circumstances may not align with what we thought we knew. Yet regardless, we should not try to explain God. We should not try to understand why and how God would “allow something like this to happen.”
We will never understand God completely on this earth. Never. Our finite minds were not designed this way.
We were designed to lean–to lean not on our own understanding, but to lean on God. We must lean on Him, trusting that He knows–that He understands–that He is in control.
So this is what I encourage you to do today. Trust in the Lord. Trust Him when you can kind of see His purpose; trust Him when you cannot. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Below is a link to a devotional that I read this morning that further explains this idea of belief, not understanding. I encourage you to read it. Again, you may not like nor understand the why and the how of where you are in life, but you can still trust. Trust in the Lord with all your heart knowing that He who truly understands will be with you always, even to the end of the age.
Streams in the Desert Devotional