My Own Understanding

If I asked you to name a famous scripture from the Bible you would more than likely say John 3:16. Even non-Christians will come up with this one. You used to see it in the endzone of at least one football game every weekend.

That scripture is from the New Testament, but did you know there is what some call the John 3:16 of the Old Testament? It’s Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. It is a favorite scripture of a lot of people and it is quite easy to follow as long as things are going well. It’s when life starts to fall apart that it becomes hard to follow. Especially the “lean not on your own understanding” part.

We always want to take control of things and get our ship back on course. We think we can do a better and faster job than just relying on God. I know I have done this in the past. We get in a financial jam and I decide to take control. We are going to get rid of cable TV, no more eating out, only spaghetti or rice and beans. No pop or juice boxes for the kids, they can drink water. By golly I will get this thing under control. Sad thing was that the more I tried to take control the worse things usually got.

There is an excellent example of this in the book of Acts. In Acts 27 Paul is on a ship from Crete bound for Rome when they encounter a terrible storm. The storm is so bad that it looks like the ship will sink and all will be lost. Paul tells the crew that God has assured him that they will not perish and that they will survive. But panic starts to set in as some of the crew decide that they would be better off in the lifeboat than on the ship.

In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved.” So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it drift away. Acts 27:30-32 NIV

The sailors were leaning on their own understanding and thought their way would be better. So, where does our true security reside? Most of us have lifeboats we have tied up somewhere in our life. We say we trust in God and Jesus Christ but just in case, we still have our lifeboats. If we keep one foot in the boat with Jesus and one in the lifeboat then we are not living the way God calls us to live. It is foolish to say we trust in God and yet not trust him when things are uncertain or in the midst of a storm. Cutting the lifeboats away in our life means we trust in God, His Word and His Truth.

Do you have lifeboats that you are trusting instead of God? Would you like to know how you can cut the rope to those boats and have a relationship with the one true God? If you want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page and I’d be happy to talk with you.

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