Friday, May 28, 2010

"Lean not on your own understanding"

The Lord planted these words in my heart the other week, "Lean not on your own understanding". Of course since I often DO lean on my own understanding I immediately Googled these words because they sounded like Scripture to me. They come from the book of Proverbs and I thought the passage was beautiful and expresses how God wants us to totally trust Him and He will take care of everything:

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, and he will make your paths straight."                                               Proverbs 3:5-6

I think these words are especially helpful during these times. We live in an era during which the world has turned away from the Lord and the Lord is calling his people back to him. He is calling us nonstop at this point. We cannot "fix" the world but if we totally depend on the Lord he will make straight our paths despite what is going on around us. I truly believe that if we place all our trust in him nothing will stop us from reaching our destination. God will remove all the obstacles from our path. Miraculously, if that's what it takes.

And it just might take that.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We are all totally dependent on your goodness and mercy. Remove all fear from the hearts of your children and share with us your wisdom and understanding. Make straight our paths and help us to realize that trust is what you are asking of us during these dark times when sin has blinded humanity. Help us to abandon ourselves to your Divine Will. I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

15 comments:

  1. Mary,
    I too sometimes find myself leaning on my own understanding. As I was praying your prayer here, the words from Romans 5:20 came to mind: "Where sin abounded, grace did more abound." (I had to do a search in my Douay Rheims online to know exactly where that came from.:)
    Relying on God's goodness and mercy, His grace will abound.
    Thanks for sharing the post and the prayer.

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  2. I love that passage! It's one of my favorites! Thanks for sharing, it fits in well with the other one. You'd laugh at how often I look things up and I really DO read the Bible. I admit I skip the geneologies, though!

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  3. Genealogies? What happened to spell check on this thing anyway? lol

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  4. If you didn't say anything, this teacher never would have noticed the typo. :) I tend to skip over those too mainly because I can't pronounce most of the names!

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  5. Great reflection and prayer. Thanks, Mary.

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  6. Proverb 3:5-6...one of my favorite verses. It helps me believe there IS hope! Have a great weekend...beautiful post.

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  7. I like this verse very much. I always pray it will help me "to let go and let God" in all areas of my life because I also tend to lean too much on my own understanding. Then I realize what I'm doing, decide to give my puny thoughts a rest, and tap into the wisdom of God. And then I always wonder why I didn't do that in the first place!

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  8. Hi Colleen! I hope you're getting some rest this weekend. It's gorgeous here in N.H. (finally):)

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  9. Mary,
    Yes, there's always hope. Prudence says I need to be aware of what is going on in the world and hope says I shouldn't worry about it too much. Thank you, Lord, for hope!

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  10. Karin,
    I try to forget that you're a teacher ;) Typos are a mainstay on this blog. Still, God writes straight with crooked pens (you wrote that on somebody's site so I'm stealing your words because I liked them)!

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  11. Lynn,
    You rang?
    Just kidding! Randy's Blackberry dinged and he told me Is commented so I popped on here. We were laughing at "decide to give my puny thoughts a rest"!
    I think you are stuck with the nickname Is. Randy refuses to call you anything else though he knows your real name :)

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  12. Mary I can relate just too much to this. Blessinsg.

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  13. lol- It's okay. I've been called worse things ;) wink wink.

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  14. Hi JBR,
    Thank goodness we have the Lord! He is an unstoppable force in our lives if allow Him to be. Our "Tower of Strength" that we can lean on:)

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  15. Lynn,
    He just got his Blackberry a few months ago and is having a great time fiddling with it :) Good thing that he works during the week 'cause that thing never stops dinging!

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