Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
First, we lean on our own understanding naturally… by default… automatically. It’s human nature. Second, deep down most of us believe “our own understanding” is just fine. After all, honest people don’t think “I know I’m wrong about this but I’m just going to go with it anyway”. So what’s the deal then?
Here’s the deal: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). The heart (your mind, your thinking) can be terribly self-deceived. Unless your mind is constantly refreshed, informed and guided by God’s Word, it can absolutely fool you. It can feel right, appear right, and scream “IT’s RIGHT!!!!” but be plainly mislead, misinformed and flat out wrong.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and when your own understanding lines up with God’s Truth, then you can be sure about it.
Think It Over: No one wants to admit our “own understanding” may be flawed, deceived, ignorant or flat out wrong. It takes spiritual courage to admit this possibility (and yet when you finally do, it’s a tremendous blessing because you start to depend on the Lord).