February 19 – God’s Spa is Best

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. – Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV)

If mom told me once, she told me more than a hundred million times, “Don’t slam the screen door!” Some lessons need repetition because they are very important. Our verses today are familiar and they have wisdom and promises we need to remember. So, we return to them often. Don’t weary then of hearing Scripture quoted which you have known before. These truths need to be reviewed more than occasionally; we need to hear them often. We need to admit that we don’t have all the answers and our understanding is not enough. God knows the straight path for us and He knows the end from the beginning. He can direct us when we have decisions to make. So it’s up to us to put our trust in our loving, all-knowing God. It is risky to think our understanding is enough apart from that given to us by the Lord. It is risky messing around with any means or people who do not follow God’s way. If we turn away from evil and trust the LORD with all our heart, we will have healing and refreshment to our bones. Better than any spa visit.


November 10 – After Wisdom Comes Understanding

“The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7. (NASB)

We read in yesterday’s post to not consider ourselves to be wise. A wrong attitude about our own capabilities, thinking we are greater than we are, is a dangerous practice. But wisdom is honored and is a good thing. We are instructed to seek out wisdom. Wanting wisdom is good. Today we learn what the starting point of wisdom is. And, it is the acquisition of wisdom. It makes sense. Nothing can compare with wisdom and Solomon learned from his father, King David, how important it is to get wisdom. It’s so simple that we overlook the depth of this truth. With wisdom we gain more wisdom and that is the very nature of having wisdom. Seeking wisdom is the first step. With wisdom, when we find and get it, comes understanding. Understanding guides us onto the wise path that God makes straight before us. Do we ever think we know better than what we read in the Bible? Yes, we do that all the time. We resist wisdom by trying to conform it to our own reasoning instead. The danger is that our reason is built on our human nature. Remember, Eve and Adam’s reasoning was fatally flawed.


No, Not Your Understanding

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

We have been talking a lot about suffering because or for Christ. It comes in many ways and God is not shy about letting it come. Remember we have been appointed not only to believe in Him but to also suffer for him. Well, the suffering part has been my reality recently as I once again have had to face spiritual battle and attacks from the enemy in its effort to knock me down.

It is the “do not lean on your own understanding” part that really trips me up. I want to understand everything that is going on in my life – I do not want to leave any stone not turned. So when I get broadsided by the enemy, as has happened to me this week, I want to know why. I can hardly fault myself for this but it does get in the way. 

There are so many things that are not understood by me about my walk. There are also many things that I know to be true – promises from God for me that should and do bring me comfort but when I do not understand why the storm is so fierce.  Why? I ask. When I have been walking according to God’s will – to the best of my understanding. I need to walk according to God’s will as he gives it to me.  I need God’s understanding and when I recognize that, then I can acknowledge him. “Not my will but your will O Lord.”  You see, I also need to acknowledge that I have to face trials and tests and experience certain sufferings because it is the will of God that I do so and that he is with me and will never forsake me or desert me.

No, I cannot come up with a plan (path) that I present to the Father and say, “How about this idea, it is not want you seem to be suggesting but it might work, eh?”  My plan may make great sense to me and I may understand it and there may be nothing essentially bad about it except that it is my own understanding that cooked it up. It is not up to God, my Father to acknowledge my plan (path). It is up to me to acknowledge His and he makes mine straight for me. 

I use this verse from Proverbs 3 every day to remind myself that I just do not have the understanding that is necessary to find the right path. As I believe and trust in the Lord, the right path is made by God when I do not lean on my own understanding and acknowledge Him in all my ways.