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Lean not on your own understanding
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.”
It’s really difficult for us to follow this verse and not put our trust in what we see, understand, or believe. I know when I’ve gone through any hardship or pain, I can’t even begin to see that God is working on my behalf.
We get so mired in the misery and misfortune in our lives that we can’t see how God could possibly be on our side. Hope seems like a futile sentiment.
This is why I love this verse. It is a powerful reminder that there is something greater and more powerful going on in the background that is for your benefit, even when we can’t see it.
Maybe you didn’t get the job, or maybe the relationship didn’t last as you had hoped. Maybe you got some bad or disappointing news.
As challenging as it may seem, there is a good reason for it. God has amazing plans for you, plans “to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11
Personally, if I hadn’t gone through certain hardships, I wouldn’t be enjoying all the good God is providing me right now. I look back on those trials and tribulations with gratitude because I wouldn’t be who and where I am today without them.
Is there something you’re experiencing, which is causing you to doubt God’s presence in your life? How could this current challenge possibly benefit you in the future?