Lean Not on Your Own Understanding

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Daily Reading: Genesis 23:1-24:51, Matthew 8:1-17, Psalm 9:13-20, Proverbs 3:1-6

Daily Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

My mother taught me today’s verse, one she relied upon heavily.   When I received the framed words from her as a gift, the picture bordered by flowers, I didn’t realize the impact they would have on my life.

When we think we know everything, we enter dangerous waters. Relying on our understanding means having a limited perspective. And often, we don’t understand.

Why my friend’s son died at the hands of an 18-year-old robber doesn’t make sense to me. Leaning on my own understanding leaves me floundering.

But I find hope if I trust in God and don’t try to understand everything from my earthly perspective. God tells us in His word, He wastes nothing, and everything serves Kingdom purposes.

Trust God’s word. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Believe God will use whatever circumstances you face for good and build His kingdom, even if we don’t understand how He will do it.

Lord, forgive us for leaning on our understanding. Help us today trust You more. Instead of searching for answers, let us lean into You and find peace, trusting Your word. IJNIP. Amen

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