Friday, February 4, 2011


"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
-- Proverbs 3:3-5

When you lean on something, you sacrifice your balance to that object. If the object is sturdy, you'll be just fine. If not, you end up flat on your back -- in my case, usually in front of a big crowd of people.

I wrote last week about the dangers of trusting in your own heart. The key in this verse today is that it says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and in all your ways acknowledge Him.

If you just trust Him with some or most of your heart and acknowledge Him with some or most of your ways, you're essentially just kind of leaning toward Him, not on Him.

What's the problem with that? I mean, people can generally see you pointing His direction and you theoretically have a safety net waiting, should you happen to fall that direction. Right?

The danger is that in those "some or most" moments, we're not actually leaning on anything. And if there is any solid truth to the world, to sin, it's that the last direction the enemy wants to push you is into the arms of the Loving Savior.

The attacks always comes from the reverse direction. When your balance is compromised, it takes only a light shove to topple you. And, in our physical nature, our tendency is to over-compensate into the direction of the attack. It can really be a tragic cycle.

But God gives us hope through His word. We hear of the wise man who builds his home upon the rock. When the storms come, the house does not fall. We also hear of the man who builds his house on sand, only to watch it fall under the crushing waves of the storm.

What often gets lost in the re-telling is that both men heard God's word, but only one followed it (see Matthew 7:24-26).

Place your trust in God today. Do the things He tells you to do. Lean on Him and you will not fall. Simple as that.


"For who is God, except the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?" -- Psalm 18:31

"You pushed me violently, that I might fall, But the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my song, And He has become my salvation." -- Psalm 118: 13-14

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