Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding – Proverbs 3:5
We are to trust the Lord, put our complete confidence in Him. He is our hope and surety. We can safely trust in Him because of who He is and from past experiences. We are told not to lean on our own understanding. What does it mean to lean? Usually, when you lean on something, you expect it to support you. The problem with leaning on our own understanding is that it might not be as reliable as we think. Sometimes how we understand things or situations can be very limited. Take the apostle, Peter. When Jesus told him to, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch”, his reply was, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing.”
From Peter’s perspective what Jesus told him to do seemed pointless because they had spent hours trying to catch fish and were unsuccessful but nevertheless, he obeyed Him and let down the net. The result was so much fish that their nets were breaking. If Peter had leaned on his own understanding instead of trusting in Jesus, they would have not have experienced this amazing miracle.
There are times in our lives when the Lord may ask us to do something that leaves us scratching our heads because to us it doesn’t make sense but nevertheless, we ought to trust Him completely, with all of our heart and leave the consequences to Him. Don’t limit God. Let Him show you what He can do once you put your trust in Him.
Source: Luke 5:4-6