“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
We are often addicted to the belief that we can figure it out on our own.
Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation to know good from evil without God. Isaiah described all of us as sheep who have wandered to “our own way.” In the verse today, Solomon urges the reader to avoid trusting our own understanding. Instead of trusting the One who knows and sees perfectly, we often trust our woefully limited insights and conclusions about situations we encounter. We then choose actions that eventually reveal our distorted perspective.
Examine your last few days. Have there been times when you reacted harshly toward someone, convinced in the moment that it was the right thing to do? Have you indulged in something that appeared justifiable from your selfish perspective but sinful in God’s? Did you experience the Spirit’s nudge towards something, but you refused because you just didn’t feel like it?
Confess those “own way” failures to the God who patiently draws you to Himself. Surrender again to living according to His wisdom through the Spirit who lives within you. Go back to those who you have hurt by your wayward actions and seek their forgiveness.
Today is a new day to walk in His Truth.
Father, I am prone to wander from your ways. Despite your abundant grace and mercy, I too often think I know better. Forgive me, and renew a right spirit within me, and uphold me with a willing spirit. Amen.