Trusting, leaning, acknowledging, and directing. Some of the key words in one of the first Bible verses I ever learned: “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).
I find it interesting how many times a Bible passage gives conditions of a promise, such as here, about the Lord directing our paths. But what must we do first? Trust or have confidence in the Lord, don’t lean or depend on our own understanding, and acknowledge or accept His guidance.
The next two verses go on to say: “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:7-8). Again, in these two verses, we have the promise of health and strength…IF we are not vain in trusting our own limited wisdom, and IF we reverentially fear or stand in awe of God, AND don’t participate in evil behavior.
In addition to the verses above, here is some more inspiration for today…
“We need to be strengthened and renewed on a daily basis…
physically, mentally, and emotionally.
We need to be strong so we do not fall apart
every time we have to face
some situation we had not planned on.
We can be strengthened and renewed
by drawing strength from God,
by exercising our faith,
and by doing what He tells us to do.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
I thought this quote coincided nicely with today’s Proverb (incidentally, for anyone interested, I have a separate page on my blog with daily scripture readings from Psalms and Proverbs). We gain direction and strength by leaning and depending on God, rather than ourselves.
Regarding the need to be strong instead of falling apart when facing an unplanned situation…I had one of those yesterday when our furnace malfunctioned and started spewing smoke and noxious fumes. I have had an almost non-stop headache for a couple days, and it worsened yesterday when that event occurred. I wonder now if we had some carbon monoxide leaking prior to the malfunction.
I contacted my hubby, who left work to diagnose and fix the problem with the furnace. I am so thankful for God’s protection, and for Him giving Dave the wisdom and strength to deal with the furnace issues, so we are safe and sound again…and the headache is gone!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you see patterns in scripture or other literature where there are conditions to be met prior to receiving promises or answers? Have you had an experience where you drew strength from God or a loved one to help you during a difficult situation?