Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . .
“Lean on” is used here in the sense of relying upon or trusting someone or something for help or protection. The object of our secure trust should only be in the Lord, the most reliable object of confidence!
When we lean on something in life we usually do it as a means of support. We lean on a cane to help us walk, or we lean against a wall for support. We trust that when we lean upon something that it will support us. If the cane we are using were to break, or the wall we were leaning on were to give way, we would fall and possibly be injured. In the same way in life as we face the struggles and hardships of life we many times lean on people in our lives to help sustain us and hold us up. We lean on friends, spouses, and loved ones when we find ourselves weak and in need. We lean on them to encourage us as we seek out their love and protection. If we were to use a small thin piece of wood when we needed a cane it would not bear our weight and we would fall. It is the same with our own understanding and wisdom compared to that of our Lord. Our own thoughts and understanding are unreliable as they will fail us in dire straits as many times we are overcome and overwhelmed by circumstances we find ourselves in.
We are not to turn to or rely on any man or woman, their social standing, their wealth, or even their wisdom. We are to rely on God as our source. It is in our nature to many times look inward and try to figure things out ourselves. But as instructed here in this verse we are not to rely on ourselves; the feelings of our heart, or the thoughts of our mind. There is no righteousness found in us save Christ Jesus in whom we should trust. There are no practices of religion, or duties that we can perform or exercises of faith, no matter how well we may perform them in which we can trust. When it comes to trusting, it is on in Him we can trust, and it is only on Him on which we can lean. It is Jesus Christ our Lord, our foundation of grace that should be the object of all our trust as we lean upon His everlasting arms.
It is from God from whom all blessings flow, it is from Him that we receive the grace, the courage and the wisdom to stand against the wiles of adversity we face in life. It is upon His eternal supply that we must rely; it is He that will fill us with joy and divine happiness in the midst of our trials and tribulations. All we need to sustain us, to hold us up, and to keep us from falling is His eternal supply of grace which will bring about in us eternal happiness through Christ Jesus our Lord. We should be eternally grateful and thankful for all that He has provided, promised, and freely gives to all that will lean on Him and not unto our own understanding.
We should trust in Him in all times…
We should trust in God in times of sickness; in times of sorrow; and in times of heartache. We should trust in God when we are down, when we are lonely, sad, broken, confused, desperate, and in the darkest of all hours. There is a reason that He instructs us here in Proverbs to let Him be our source. All wisdom, all power, all strength, and all that we will ever need to overcome are found in Him and Him alone. His love gives us the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is by that mercy He bestowed upon us as unworthy recipients that moves Him to always be there a rock that shall not be moved to always act on our behalf for our good.
All of our trust should be in Christ Jesus as we accept the blood of His sacrifice for us as it is by His blood we are justified. He is our portion no matter the need; He is our supply. He commands us to look to Him as our protector and provider and to trust in Him and Him alone for our salvation and gift of eternal life. That which He began in us by Christ Jesus, as we lean upon Him He will carry it on and finish the working of that grace written upon our hearts by The Lamb of God; He will carry on and finish that work in our lives. We can be assured with all confidence that it will be completed.
We should never lean unto our own understanding; or trust in our own thoughts or what our own mind directs us to do, we should trust in the Lord. We should seek the direction and wisdom of that of our Redeemer, lest we find ourselves disenchanted, disappointed, disillusioned and defeated. And when we find success in life and all the skies above us are blue, we should ascribe it not to our own intelligence and wisdom, but to the grace and goodness of God.
- Securing Principles from Jesus Christ (pastordanboatman.wordpress.com)
- The Righteousness of God is a gift, it is our armor, a pathway, a weapon for defense and our protection from the enemy -given to us through Christ Jesus (prepareforthelamb.wordpress.com)