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Limited Understanding

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. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.Proverbs 3:5-7 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself trying to make a critical decision and instead of seeking wise counsel you chose to go by your gut feeling?  Perhaps you did this because you have asked others in the past, but their advice didn’t pan out, and now you would rather just lean upon your own understanding to make your decision. I think most of us have done this at various times in our life, and for some people it is their modem of operation for every decision. 

Unfortunately when we do this we are not adhering to God’s will for our lives.   What seemed like a good or reasonable way to do something may very well be the opposite of what we should have done. And in many cases we can find ourselves knee deep in problems, complications, or even serious trouble.

Q:         Why do we feel we have to make the decision ourselves, and why don’t we trust the godly counsel of others or even God’s word to guide us in our ways?

In many cases pride can be the main factor in our not wanting to seek the Lord for His guidance. It’s almost like a two-year-old child who is adamant about their way; not wanting mom or dad’s help, even if they know they’re doing it wrong.  Solomon wrote,“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.”  Simply put, if we are doing things our way and it is not God’s way, then it is sin and therefore it is evil.  

If we are going to call Jesus “Lord” then we probably ought to allow Him to be the Lord of our life. We may be submitting many areas of our life over to Him, but still holding back on other parts.  But every area of our life we don’t submit to God is exactly where the enemy is given access to our lives.  When we limit the power of God’s wisdom through His Word to transform us in every area of our life we are simply leaning upon our own understanding and we are sure to suffer much grief and pain.  

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise. Proverbs 12:15 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things.  Choose to surrender your will to God and embrace His will for your life in every situation.  Choose to talk to Him about everything and seek to know His heart and desires. Don’t be hindered in your own limited understanding, or be wise in your own eyes.   Choose to heed His counsel and be blessed as a result of being obedient to it. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-7 what can we learn about our leaning upon our own understanding?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you limit your decision making to your own understanding of the situation or do you acknowledge God and seek His will for your choices?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to seek God’s counsel in everything you do.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, Thank You for giving us Your Word to learn from. Help me to be renewed in my mind today as I read Your Word.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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