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Proverbs 3:5-6

verses 5-6: “Trust in the LORD will all your heart, And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”

Two things come to mind this morning when I read these familiar verses. I think of King Saul in the Bible. Saul was successful for a time, for He followed the Lord through the instructions of His prophet Samuel. But Saul didn’t acknowledge God’s commandments, was impatient, and did things he wasn’t supposed to do. And God withdrew His favor from Saul; Samuel himself delivered that message to Saul.

Sometimes we lean on our own understanding, when we should lean on God’s. We may not understand God’s plans at the time, but we should trust in His omniscience.

Years ago, I was scheduled to take the postal carrier’s exam. The only way to get hired by the Post Office was to pass this exam. In order to enter the room where the test was administered, you had to have the yellow copy of the application you filled out. On the day of the exam, that yellow copy that I had guarded in my backpack disappeared. They would not let me in the room without it. I went home and tore my bedroom apart trying to find it. I know I had not opened my backpack after I left the house that day, but the paper wasn’t there (the last time I saw it was before I left, and it was there). The only thing I could conclude ultimately was that God didn’t want me to take that exam that day; to this day I don’t know why. Maybe I’ll get to ask the Lord that question when I get to glory. 🙂 But for then and even now, I trust God’s will when I don’t understand.

Do you need to “lean on the everlasting arms” of Jesus today?

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