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"Lean Not On Your Own Understanding"
by Steve Countryman
3/20/2013 / Christian Living
What can I blame it on? Where are my many excuses? The reality is that I am to blame. It was me who dug my hole, jumped in it and kept digging as I tried to rationalize and justify my bad decisions. The sad thing is that most of the time I think that no one and nothing has a better understanding about my problems than me. Of course I don't! But that doesn't stop me from continuing to follow my own poor judgment and keep on digging. Pride, arrogance and lack of trust will cause you to keep digging your hole deeper. What I found out is that if I "lean on" or trust my own understanding then I should NEVER be surprised when my own understanding fails, breaks down and causes me to fall flat on my face. That is when I realize how truly foolish I can be.
The other day in prayer after I had surveyed all of my problems that I created, I made a mistake when I asked God, "how foolish can I be?". As soon as I asked Him that question I quickly asked God to please not answer that for me. I feared the truth would be greater than I could handle.
Lean Not On Your Own Understanding should be the phrase that echoes in my head every time I think that I know a better way. My limited wisdom, knowledge and understanding has caused me more grief, heartache and trouble than I would like to admit. Its not that I cant think for myself but that I think too much of myself! I keep thinking of that cartoon drawing that I saw many years ago. It showed a little boy with his head down and both of his hands pressed firmly against the glass door trying to push open a door of a business. Try as he might he couldnt open the door because right above his head was the sign that read Pull to open. That little boy sure looked a lot like me!
It has to do with a matter of trust. Do you trust God's Word? Do you trust God to lead and guide you? Do you trust God to do what is best for you? Do you trust God to fulfill His promises to you? Do you trust God to protect and provide for you? Do you trust God to take care of your problems? Do you trust God to be faithful to His Word and faithful to you? Do you trust God to heal all of your wounds, physical, emotional and financial? Do you trust God with your money? Do you trust God with your life? Do you trust God?
There was a man in the Bible that had it all. He had over 1,000 women as wives and mistresses. He had more riches than all of the worlds most wealthiest men combined. He received locally over 50,000 pounds of gold, at todays price it would be over 11 million dollars, every year which didnt include revenue that he received from outside his country. He didnt bother counting the silver as it wasnt considered very valuable. He had over 1400 chariots and 12,000 horses that were bought and imported from Egypt. He had his own country that he ruled over and he did as he pleased. His name was Solomon. People, rulers and kings would seek an audience with him and they all brought him rare gifts of great value. Solomon asked God for wisdom and God gave him more wisdom than any man has ever had. Solomon was the wisest man but not the smartest man. He was not to marry outside of his faith and not to have too many wives or wealth. But Solomon felt that he had the wisdom to manage it all. He married more for political reasons than for love. As he married foreign kings daughters an unwritten agreement was established that those foreign kings wouldnt attack a country where their daughters lived as queens.
Solomon found out repeatedly that a nagging woman is one to avoid. In Proverbs Solomon had written several times about nagging wives. Part of their nagging had to do with having their own temple and alter to worship their gods instead of THE God of Israel. God knew this could happen and thus the rule that they were not allowed to marry outside of their faith. 1Kings 11:7-10 7 On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. 9 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORDs command. Solomon trusted his wisdom more than he trusted God. He was leaning on his own understanding/wisdom.
As a Christian I have done what all Christians have done at some time if not all the time in our lives. I have prayed for Gods blessings, declared Gods blessings and looked for Gods blessings. When they dont appear I would ask God when will I see His blessings. He showed me what He sees us doing when we ask Him that question. I saw a man standing in a room that had a low ceiling. Coming down from the ceiling right above the mans head was a round pipe about 3 across, opened and pointed at the mans head. The pipe represented Gods blessings spout. It is not an easy task just to position yourself under this spout. But the shocking part was what the man was doing. He had one of his hands pressed up tightly against the opening of the spout so as to block whatever would be coming out over him. Now while this was going on the man is looking around and asking where are Gods blessings?
We do the same thing when we miss Gods blessings or when Gods blessings come different then the way we expected them to or when we complain about Gods blessings after we have received them. All of these examples will block the flow of Gods blessings into your life! Will you trust God enough to remove your hand from His spout in obedience and let God be God in your life and allow God to bless you?
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