A universal message

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

The Bible’s message is a universal message. It is meant for everyone, no matter what age, gender, nationality, income level, or intellectual aptitude.  It is meant for the Einsteins of the world just as much as for the little children.  That’s a good principle to keep in mind with respect to the verses above. 

It is a message of comfort to those who lack understanding.  It’s a breath of fresh air to anyone at their wit’s end.  It is to just such people that the Lord says – “If you don’t understand, don’t fret, for surely I understand so please lean on me.  I promise you, that when you do that, I will direct you.”  What a joy to know that if we lack wisdom, which we often do, then we can ask God for it.  When we do this, He has promised to give it to us, and never to berate us or “upbraid” us (James 1:5). 

But then for the “Einsteins,” i.e., the intelligent ones, and in particular the self-confident ones, the message is exactly the same.  It is to those who “know it all” or at least seem to know more than most that the Lord warns “Don’t lean on your own understanding. Don’t ever make a decision without acknowledging me.  Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6), for it’s a safeguard for you from making foolish decisions in haste.” 

It’s the same truth, the same guidance, the same divine wisdom meant for all: don’t lean on your own understanding, lean on God’s, whose knowledge and ways are higher than ours – that means each and every one of ours – as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:9).

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