If we truly trust in the Lord, we cannot also depend upon our own ability to understand everything God is doing.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
However, most of us have a desperate desire to understand.
And yet in so many areas, we must acknowledge we cannot always understand. It’s often frustrating and sometimes downright infuriating.
So, what can we do when we doubt God’s perfect will in our lives?
The tension that we feel from our limited understanding (which leads to doubting God’s will) can be eased by a further look into Scripture.
Here are a few reasons we cannot lean on our own understanding but can rest in God’s:
We don’t have a clear picture, but God does.
“For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 )
Our limited understanding can lead us astray.
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.” (Proverbs 16:25)
Choosing to follow our own desires often leads to disaster.
“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 21:25)
God’s definition of right and wrong never change.
“God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19)
Question for Reflection
Is there something going on in your life now where you have been leaning on your own understanding?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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