I am in a new season of my life. A season of walking with no safety net below the tightrope which I am suspended upon. I am at a precarious height. Never been this high before. It is frightening to say the least. Yet it is exactly where the Holy Spirit wants me. Not depending on mortal man for my help. Not looking to the arm of the flesh to come to my aid. But, looking totally to Jehovah Jireh to come through for me in time of need.
Recently this verse has been shot like an arrow towards my heart. It was a timely word. It was a now word. It was an in-season word. It was a word that I definitely needed to hear and heed. Solomon was the writer. The Holy Spirit was the author. Here is what was stated; “Trust in theLord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”(Proverbs 3:5 KJV) Far too often I am guilty of speed reading through verses without allowing them to take root inside my spirit man. Unless they take root there is no fruit which can come forth. So, I began to break down the words. To take the sentence apart. What wonderful meat it provided and what powerful words they are becoming to my own heart and life. Perhaps they will for you as well.
“Trust”. That is a tough one. Especially in a world where it is extremely hard to find people who you can trust. The word means, “reliance on and confidence in the truth, worth, reliability, etc. of a person orthing”. Joseph had it. His name would not have been recorded for us in the pages of God’s word had he not. But, he did. Even when the odds were stacked against him. Even when the accusations poured out like a river. Even when he seemed forgotten. He trusted. Abraham had it. David had it. Job had it. Paul had it. So am I. Yet, Solomon did not simply tell me to trust, he told me who to trust. “The Lord”. The God of glory. The ever-lasting One. The very One who holds our lives in the palm of His hands. The One who knows where we are, what we face, and on what path our present journey is taking us. The One who has promised never to leave or forsake us. Not Wall Street. Not Washington. Not the government bail-out plan. Not anything of man. But, the Lord. Hang on, that’s not all. I am also told how to trust Him. “…withall my heart”. The seat of my affections. The very instrument the Bible says we think with. That being the case it has to be kept clean. Free from obstructions. Free from strife, bitterness, jealousy, or envy. It cannot have divided loyalties. It must be kept from becoming double-minded.
Let’s go a step further. In the wisdom of God flowing through his life, Solomon would pen, “…lean not”. The word “lean” means, “to incline, as in a particular direction”. It is a command. Not a wish, suggestion, or nice thought. It is a command. We are forbidden to do something. Ever had someone tell you that you could not do a certain thing? How does that make you feel? Like you want to show them they can’t tell you what to do? Exactly. That’s human nature. But, the Spirit of God knowing how much of the flesh all of us are gave this powerful command. And here is what we are forbidden to lean towards, “our own understanding”. Our own persuasion, our own way, our own thoughts. If God does not come through in a week we will then try and figure out in the flesh how to make ends meet or how we are going to accomplish what is dropped into our lap. I’m guilty as charged. And this is where I find myself on this tightrope. I can figure things out on my own. I can lean on my own understanding. I can accomplish some things. But, when I do they become nothing but flesh and produce no life whatsoever or fruit of any kind.
The Spirit of God had placed my wife and me on a faith walk. It’s new, challenging, stretching, at times nerve racking, sometimes scary, but oh so rewarding. We are walking out Proverbs chapter three verse five. We don’t have it all down pat. We are learning. Just like you. So, come on, the tightrope won’t break, I urge you not to look down, but stay focused. Stop trying to work out in the flesh what the Spirit of God wants to accomplish through you. Listen. Lean. Learn and Leap to the vista that God the Holy Spirit is taking many in His body at this very moment. It will be a wild ride. But the rewards are at out of this world!!!!!