RELYING ON GOD REQUIRES FAITH
“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 3:5-6 (NKJV)
When you lean on something, you trust that it will hold you up. When you lean on the Lord, you are saying: I have faith that God is strong enough to hold me up.
God told Joshua: No one will be able to defeat you all your life. Just as I was with Moses so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forget you (Joshua 1:5). And God says that to you too. As long as Joshua leaned on God, he was undefeatable. Joshua accomplished the impossible because he was dependent on the Lord.
Who or what are you leaning on for strength? Are you leaning on the approval of other people? That is a very dangerous place to put your full weight. People are going to let you down. Nobody can hold you up all the time. Eventually, they’re going to get tired, and you’re going to get dropped.
You can’t even trust in yourself. Have you noticed how often you let yourself down? You make promises to yourself all the time that you don’t keep. So what can you do?
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 3:5-6). Leaning on the Lord can be scary. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable. It can make you wonder: Is God going to come through? Will God hold me up?
That’s why we need faith in order to lean on the Lord. When you believe God has your best interest at heart, you can trust him even when you don’t understand. And you can move forward convinced that God will give you a clear path to walk and a strong place to stand.
When we do this, we will discover what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.