When We Lean On Our Own Understanding


This week we are memorizing and meditating on the brilliant instruction and fantastic promise of Proverbs 3:5-6 at DoNot Depart. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Here is a post I wrote a while back about this verse focusing on the problems we create for ourselves when we lean on our own understanding. Enjoy!

A.W. Tozer said, “Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to me.” Tozer knew how powerful and profitable time in God’s Word is, and therefore knew what was at stake if he let his time in it get crowded out by the other activities of his day.

Wisdom for Today by Chuck Smith (The daily devotional I use and love!)

Just one way we benefit from being in God’s word is by learning what God has to say regarding any situation we are in, and anything we may face. Being that He knows all past, present, and future, who better than the Lord to turn to for wisdom and counsel? This was the failure of Joshua. (Joshua 9)

You see, Joshua had been faithful to seek God’s counsel, and heed it, at the Jordan River as well as the taking of Jericho and Ai. Because of it, God’s people were victorious, and their fame spread throughout the Promised Land to the other territories they would go into conquer next. So the Gibeonites, who probably were next on the hit list, since they lived so close to the camp of Israel, came to Joshua in rags and pretended to be foreigners from far away. They certainly looked the part. (Joshua 9:3-5)

On the surface, their story appeared believable. (Joshua 9:9-13) However, when they propositioned Joshua to make a covenant with them, Joshua just took their word for it that they were being honest and didn’t seek  God’s insight and counsel about these people. Had Joshua did, God would have told him “These people are your enemies who live nearby. Don’t be deceived by them. Certainly don’t make a covenant with them.” I wonder how much trouble I create for myself, and would be spared, if I just make it a point to first seek God’s counsel on a matter instead of assuming something is a no-brainer and just going ahead with a decision based on the facts in front of me as I know them to be.

After making the covenant with his neighboring enemies, the Gibeonites, Joshua learned an important lesson that day. No matter how victorious we may be, we still need God to weigh in with how He sees the situation,  and seek His counsel on what we ought to do. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Sure seeking Him, may delay us from making snap decisions in our busy lives, but given the choice, I’d rather be delayed and make the right decision than to make a decision based on appearances, and suffer the consequences. Consider the different decision Eve may have made in the Garden of Eden had she checked in with God first about the words the serpent spoke to her, instead of simply taking the word of the serpent as Joshua did of the Gibeonites.

As A.W. Tozer said, “Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to me.” Being that the Bible is God’s Word, Joshua and Eve’s enemy were leaning on their own understanding (Prov. 3:5-6) rather than first going to God and asking Him to reveal the situation to them as He sees it, not as they saw it.  May we not repeat these mistakes, esteeming anyone’s words over those from God, and failing to check in with God first, even when the outcome of a decision appears harmless. 

As we are faithful to go to God with the things we are faced with, He will certainly be faithful to reveal that which we need to know, that we otherwise would have missed without His counsel. So what are you facing today that you could use some counsel on? What does God say, though His Word, to do or avoid regarding your situation? (James 1:5) Whatever we are facing, whatever decisions we must make, whatever we may need, the Bible has all that we need in our time of need.

Question for you: How do you guard yourself from leaning on your own understanding, so you do not create otherwise avoidable problems for yourself?



If you haven’t yet, visit my archives, follow me on Twitter or drop by my Facebook page and click “Like.”

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links on this site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 


Copyright © 2013 Brooke Espinoza.

12 comments:

  1. One key for me is to constantly talk to Him about all I have to deal with...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Excellent, Barbara! A great habit for sure! God bless you immensely!

      Delete
  2. Yes, after reading that, I guess I better get off this computer and get into the Word!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know what you mean Esther. When I'm on the computer it's amazing how quickly the time speeds by. God bless you abundantly!

      Delete
  3. Great article. No matter what we are facing, we need to remain faithful to God.

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman's Word Filled Wednesday!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Jenifer! I like what you said, "No matter what we are facing, we need to remain faithful to God." Amen! And even in times when we are faithless, He remains faithful. He is so good to us! God bless you richly!

      Delete
  4. Such wisdom is always to be found in the Word. Thanks for sharing this, Brooke, and for being a faithful memorizer in our Do Not Depart group!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally agree, Lisa,"Such wisdom is always to be found in the Word." We are so blessed to have His Word so readily available to us to turn to for wisdom at a moments notice--and for every verse we hide in our heart, we're storing up wisdom, God's wisdom, to help us and guide us wherever we go. I am so blessed to be a part of the Do Not Depart group! Thank you, Lisa for faithfully leading the way and encouraging us all! God bless you tremendously!

      Delete
  5. Hi Brooke! I am visiting from A Little R and R. (I have been here before!)

    Discernment is so important, and I really do try not to lean on my own understanding. We were just talking about how we make decisions, gut vs. heart vs. brain. I guess we forgot about using each other and using the Bible.

    Well, I've been here enough, maybe I should join your blog now! LOL! I hope you'll come and visit me too :)

    Peace,

    Ceil

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Ceil! So glad to have you here! You are right. Discernment is so important! We are so blessed that we can go to God and His Word any time to give us wisdom so we make the right choices throughout life. I will be sure to visit your blog, too! God bless you mightily!

      Delete
  6. Such a great reminder! Sometimes we do only choose to seek God's wisdom for the "big" decisions - when in reality we need it for all! I'm going to have to go back and read this passage. Thank you!

    This is actually what my blog is all about - seeking God's wisdom for the everyday ordinary in life. I'm brand new to blogging and everyday living is keeping my "to write" list pretty full. Sometimes like Joshua though I think I get ahead of myself and God in trying to "do it all"!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Crystal! Glad you enjoyed this! Your blog sounds great! And what a wonderful theme for a blog, "seeking God's wisdom for the everyday ordinary in life." God bless you richly!

      Delete

Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!