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© Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

Updated on November 26, 2014

© Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

Some time ago, I was praying alone outside. I silently cried out of confusion and frustration. I simply could not see the reason why God lovingly commanded such a difficult requirement from me. I asked Him, “Please tell me because I don’t understand.”

God answered, “It's not for you to try to understand. Do what you know is right.” The only thing I knew to do that was right was to listen to what my Lord had been telling me all along. Everything He’d been saying to me could be summarized simply as: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” Proverbs 3:5-6.

As my hands wrote the paragraph, God showed me Abraham and Isaac.

Genesis 22:15-18

The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

I can only imagine what Abraham must have been feeling or thinking prior to the angel’s arrival. Quite possibly, “I prayed to be blessed with a child and now the Lord requires him as a sacrifice. Is this two-fold? The miracle of my answered prayer, long awaited for in faith? And at the same time, a sacrifice I must give for the blessings the Lord bestows upon me?”

We don’t really know what was going on in Abraham’s mind, but we have a pretty good idea of what was going on within his heart. We know that he loved his son very much and I’m sure he felt his son was his greatest life blessing. We also know that his faith, love and reverence for the Lord was limitless. His obedience can only come from accepting the Lord’s will, and dying to his own flesh. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts (higher) than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9.

God has emotions, just as we do, as we’re made in His image. He loves, angers, grieves and rejoices. As I write, God shows me His Son. Jesus Christ is the greatest sacrifice the world will ever know. If you haven’t yet considered, as His one and only begotten Son, our Father felt something in seeing Jesus suffering in pain – but He also knew this sacrifice would provide the greatest blessing of all. Even Jesus Himself asked our Father, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46(b).

But Jesus also said, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” Matthew 26:39(b). May God’s will be done, not mine.

At times it can be difficult to accept our trials. We pray to understand but we must realize (and accept) that many things will be beyond our carnal understanding. Know that the hardest trials bring the greatest blessings - be grateful that the Lord knows better than we do, that our best interest is always His main concern. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10.

Although our sacrifices aren’t nearly as magnificent as the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, they’re still very significant to our Father. While we may not always understand the purpose, He does - and our obedience to the Lord will dictate the outcome. What we endure will help us to grow and that growth will be helpful for others as well. As the Lord has charged me over the situation, I must accept the cup I’ve been given and do everything with joy, in knowing that my Lord has a beautiful plan. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” Colossians 3:17.

While my flesh wants to run and hide, God’s Holy Spirit keeps me moving. His Spirit gives me the strength to see past this carnal life, rebuke the discouragement the enemy causes, and lean confidently on our Lord’s words and promises. God has made me victorious in every trial and as I trust and obey Him, I see the evidence of His blessings. So while my heart is broken, my Spirit rejoices in knowing there’s a multitude of blessings within the tribulation. 1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

God Bless you.


Prayer:

Father God, I thank you for always being here with me, never leaving me nor forsaking me. I thank You for leading, teaching, and guiding me in every area of my life. I know that no matter the confusion or chaos, I can always trust and depend on You. Help me, my Lord, to always accept and submit to Your will. Never allow me to forget that what you may bring to my life will be made for my good, even when I don’t understand. Remove the scales from my eyes so that I may see all things through the Spirit and not through the flesh. If trials threaten to stop me in my tracks, may Your perfect love cast out all fear. Keep me encouraged to walk through the doors You’ve opened, confidently relying on Your perfect coordination for my spiritual needs. Help me to recognize the blessings in trials. May I always surrender to Your will and not my own, and receive an overflow of Your grace to endure, knowing the victory is already won. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen*

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28



"No Matter What" -- Kerrie Roberts

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    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      LadyFiddler, thank you kindly for taking the time to read and comment. When we stand on the Lord's promises even when we don't understand, the outcome will be more beneficial to us, always - the Lord knows what's best for us, better than we ever will... I'm still standing on this one, patiently and joyfully :)

      Thank you for your kindness and support. God bless you.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very lovely indeed :) I can relate to your hub its so through too many times we lean on our own understanding and cause more problems that was initially intended. I am Happy you think this way.

      May God bless U and continue to keep you on the right part :)

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Billybuc, thank you for your kind words. All the praise belongs to the Lord as He guides my hands and brought you here today. God bless you!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful message this Sunday my friend. This is the perfect way to end my day. Thank you for the uplifting, heartfelt reflection. Blessings to you always.

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      EricDierker, thank you for your kind words. I'm grateful to know the hub has touched you somehow. Psalms 23 is held dearly within my heart & my spirit.

      God bless you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A beautiful blessing to have read this and received your prayer. The article definitely reminded me of Psalm 23

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Whidbeywriter, thank you kindly for taking the time to read & comment. The praise belongs to our Lord, as He writes through my hands and He lead you here to share these words with you, to speak to your heart. God bless you.

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      Mary Gaines 

      4 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

      So very inspiring, thank you for this and the prayer was truly needed today. Blessings!

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      skye2day 

      4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      aaaahhh God is so amazing. Back at you dear sister. You are so welcome. All praise to God, Amen. Hugs. skye

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Skye2day, you brought me to tears. As much as you say the writing touches your heart, your words have touched mine. I feel as if your comment is the Lord's reminder to me that I'm on the right path; you've brought me such an encouragement today, at just the right time. Phil. 4:13 is one of my most favored scriptures.

      I thank you for the blessings you have sent my way. I pray the Lord will bless you abundantly as well, my sister in Christ. Thank you so very much for taking the time to read and comment - your comment serves as a blessing in this very moment. God sent you today with this purpose. Thank you kindly, and God bless you.

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      skye2day 

      4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Dear sister Your writing has so touched my heart. The Holy Spirit flows in your words precious one and your transparent heart touch's many. I love the way your writing flows and how you honor God in all of His Glory. I so loved what you wrote here, ' While my flesh wants to run and hide, God’s Holy Spirit keeps me moving. His Spirit gives me the strength to see past this carnal life, rebuke the discouragement the enemy causes, and lean confidently on our Lord’s words and promises. God has made me victorious in every trial and as I trust and obey Him, I see the evidence of His blessings.'

      Thank you for sharing and encouraging us in the love of Jesus Christ. There is no mistake you are on these pages precious child. May God continue to bless you and may His favor follow you in all of your comings and goings.

      I pray your trial has come to a calm. When in a storm it is not easy but as you share we know who carries us. You a daughter of the King of Kings how precious it is!!! My love your sister in Christ. Skye Phil 4:13

      shared! voted!

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      SheilaMyers, Amen! I take no credit, the Lord writes through my hands. I'll be saving it for myself as well :) sometimes I need this reminder too. God bless you.

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      sheilamyers 

      4 years ago

      Thank you for providing this lesson. It's so easy to remember such words when times are good, but a lot harder when times get tough. I'll have to bookmark this one for those times when I need it most.

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Faith Reaper, thank you so much for you kind words and reminder that yes He's in control and all things will work for our good. I have no strength without the Lord so I thank Him for everything. Thank you kindly for sharing the article with others. GBY*

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Doris Dancy,

      "always TRUST, knowing that He is in the Midst of the storm. I believe that as long as we hold on to Him, He will cover us "with His feathers." Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."

      Amen! I'm holding on tight to this reminder. Thank you kindly* GBY

    • mothersofnations profile imageAUTHOR

      Mothers of Nations 

      4 years ago

      Ms.Dora, the quotes you posted are so very true. I'm going to keep them and post at work and at home. Thank you for that and for reading & commenting on the hub! GBY*

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful! Thank you for sharing here and for your lovely prayer.

      Trusting in the Lord through life's trials, is from where our strength comes in knowing He is truly in control and that He will work out all things for the good of those who love Him.

      Up and more and tweeting and pinning

      God bless you.

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      Doris H. Dancy 

      4 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      The power in your words is so encouraging. It's not easy to go through trial and tribulation trusting, but that is what you are doing and that is what God expects of us…to always TRUST, knowing that He is in the Midst of the storm. I believe that as long as we hold on to Him, He will cover us "with His feathers." Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Your prayer is humble and sincere.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Truly encouraging. These words come to mind:

      "It's not in trying but in trusting

      It's not in running but in resting

      Not in wondering but in praying

      That we find the strength of the Lord."

      Thanks for the message of complete surrender to the God who is in control.

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