The Way of Wisdom: Proverbs 3

More on wisdom in Proverbs 3. (Click on the link to read the chapter.)

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.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8

It is so easy to trust our own knowledge and understanding. We make assumptions. We presume to know things and our actions reflect what we think we know.

I’m often like my teenage son who looks at me and sometimes says out loud, though not in these exact words, Mom, you just don’t get it or understand. And my favorite, I got this! 

All the while I’m thinking, You don’t have a clue. You’re young, immature, inexperienced. But you will get it. It’s a stage all kids travel through much to the chagrin of their parents.

I wonder if God is thinking the same thing about me when I trust my own knowledge and understanding more than His. When I set my own course of action, do it my way, meander along some curving path which leads right back to where I started. Yeah… I think God just might be rolling His eyes thinking, One day she’ll get it.

One of the wisest decisions I can make is to trust in the Lord more than myself, to lean on His understanding and not my own. It takes humility, the laying down of all I think I know. But when I do, the path is sure to be straight and lead me directly to Him.

What about you? Do you trust yourself more than God? Your education? Your understanding? Where has it led you in the past?

Lord, all understanding and knowledge belong to You. Mine is faulty and full of assumptions based on my own imagination and not on truth. I want to follow Your Way. Direct me with Your infallible understanding and knowledge.

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