Trusting in the Lord rather than leaning on our own understanding is often difficult to do. There are many things we do each day, and most of us follow a routine to some extent, doing the same things over and over. We do simple things like making the bed and washing the dishes. Many of us have learned to do far more difficult and masterful things like playing the piano, performing surgery or designing a skyscraper.
And how often during the course of any given day do we lean on our own understanding? Unfortunately, for most of us, it is most of the time. We do what we are used to doing, what we know how to do, what we have learned to do, and what we are challenged to do. We know the routine, the parts to use, the way to hold the instruments and the way to compute building stress. What does God have to do with our understanding?
A true Christian might be laughing right about now, thinking how foolish and petty people can be. And he or she is right. As Christians, God is the foundation of everything we do, everything we say, everything we accomplish and everything we master. While we are busy doing our chores, practicing our professions, planning the next surgical improvement or structural masterpiece, we don’t often stop and think about God. While we are perfecting a concerto or giving a manicure, we are centered on our own thoughts, our own knowledge and our own pursuits.
But God is with is every moment of our lives. God lives within our hearts and minds and is ever-present in the business of daily life. It is only by recognizing this that we can live the full lives God intended His people to have. Recognizing the presence of God within us is recognizing the greatest good, the greatest joy, the greatest peace and the greatest hope. It will not dramatically change our careers or our cooking dinner, but it may make us a bit more aware of the needs of those around us. It may cause us to reach out, to whisper in someone’s ear, to give a few dollars to charity, or to simply take a deep breath and avoid a confrontation. When we are tired, it will give us the strength to go on. When we are frustrated and seem unable to find a solution, it will clear our minds and grant us keener vision and renewed insight.
Too many of us find it difficult to trust anyone. We have been let down, lied to, sold short or betrayed. ‘The Greatest Love of All,’ by Whitney Houston says: I learned to depend on me. Too often it is hard, and everybody is searching for a hero. But, when we put out trust in God, we have found our hero and someone we can look up to, believe in and place our complete trust in.
Each day, in the pursuits of our labors, may we remember the omniscience of God. May we take a moment now and again to feel His loving presence and hear His softly whispered words in our hearts. May we practice our knowledge, yet lean on God, our true strength and help in times of trouble.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur, and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor
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