Read Proverbs 3
I (Cody) spent many years in my twenties as a personal trainer. One of my favorite things is to watch people push themselves to the extent that their muscles literally fail and give out, kinda weird, i know. The best example of this is watching my father-in-law do pushups. He would do so many that he would eventually get to the point where he be half way up from the ground and not be able to push any harder. His arms and chest would give out and he would come crashing to the floor.
"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 3:5 (NKJV)
In the original language, Hebrew, the phrase “lean not” actually gives the word picture of a man leaning with one arm onto a table, a very similar position to that of doing a pushup. With this picture in mind we can begin to understand what this verse is saying a little better. With the table being our “own understanding,” let me ask you this. What would happen to the man that is leaning on his own understanding if the table was suddenly taken out from under him? He would fall quickly to the floor.
This is why we shouldn’t lean on our own understanding.
Eventually when our own wisdom, our own experience, our own strength, and our own know-how runs out we will crash and burn.
The next part of this verse is worth noting: “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths” could be more literally translated from the original language into the following statement:
“On all the roads you travel on your journey, allow God to reveal himself to you, and then he will make all of your roads straight and easy to travel.”
Wow. How amazing is that? When we begin to allow God to reveal himself to us, rather than leaning on what we know, he will make the roads we travel straight and easy. So, what in the world does this mean for us?
As we love our spouses and families through this journey we call life it is beyond easy to make decisions based on our knowledge and what we think is best. Sure, we say we pray about things, but do we really go through the process of not leaning on what we know, and allowing God speak to us?
Take a few minutes and ask the Lord to reveal different areas of your life and different ways you are loving your spouse where you are “leaning on your own understanding.” As the Lord shows you these things, repent for leaning on what you know and not allowing him to reveal himself and his ways. Next, ask him to reveal himself to you so he can make your paths straight, because he will!
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