“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
The fog can be so thick some days that you cannot see what is ahead of the road. Sometimes we can’t see what’s ahead for us in our lives, we live by faith and in confidence that God always does what is best. Just because we don’t see anything doesn’t mean God’s not working-Joyce Meyer.
Lean not on your own understanding is another way of saying we need to live by faith. Actively pursue God’s will for your life and that means doing it God’s way instead of our way. It’s not easy. It wasn’t easy for Peter and other early Christians to be ridiculed, beaten, thrown in jail, and killed because of their faith. In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed this situation. Matthew 6:31-34 “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? or “What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When we lean on our own understanding instead of His, we are self-inducing unnecessary worries and struggles on ourselves. He promises that if we lean on God by putting Him first, everything else will be taken care of for us. Jesus is saying “Don’t you trust God?”
Faith is trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan.