Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” NASB
In the last devotional we considered the first plank in the platform or first leg in the journey to Freedom from Anxiety. That was that we must “Trust in the LORD with All our Heart.” Complete and absolute trust is required. It is not optional. It may not be easy to make that kind of commitment, but it is necessary!
The next leg is, we must “Lean Not unto Our Own Understanding…” That is possibly more difficult than the first part. Man does not appear to have the ability or intelligence to guide his own life successfully without divine input and enablement. I don’t care how smart you are or think you are, you are not that smart or that disciplined. We all need God’s help!
In Isaiah 55:8-9, we discover an incredible revelation, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Also, in Proverbs 14:12 we hear the arresting truth, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
In Jeremiah 17:5-7, we are confronted by the Living God with this declaration from the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient Creator, “Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD. 6 “For he will be like a bush in the desert and will not see when prosperity comes, but will live in stony wastes in the wilderness, A land of salt without inhabitant. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD and whose trust is the LORD.”
The man or woman that Trusts God completely and does not rely on his or her own understanding or ability becomes like a Tree that is planted by the waters of life and prospers. We do not understand all things in the natural, therefore, how could we expect to understand all things in the spiritual realm? God has a master plan at work and is in control. We can trust Him!
We only see the outward and know only the superficial or circumstantial. God sees it all. We see the beginning from the end, but God sees the end from the beginning. He is ALL KNOWING! We have no power to change people and only a few things, God has All Power! Nothing is impossible with Him. Although He will never violate the will of man, He has the power to bring to bear circumstances and conditions in and on our lives that lead us to His truth.
The first phase is to “Trust God Completely” and the second phase is, “To reject our own Understanding” and replace it with His guidance. Before we get to the third phase or leg in this journey I will pause and ask that you muse on these two important points and open your heart to the third tomorrow.
May the LORD enlighten your mind and open your heart to receive His total deliverance from Anxiety and give you peace.
Have a fantastic day in Him!