Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 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.
What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms! What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms! Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. (Leaning on the Everlasting Arms by Elisha Albright Hoffman)
Inclination – a disposition (or predominant or prevailing tendency of one’s spirit) to a liking or preference.
Trust is an inclination. Faith is the predominant or prevailing tendency of one’s spirit to go with God. However, the practicality of our inclinations in life tend to “lean on” those things which are naturally perceivable. How does one hear the Voice of God? I believe the nudging and urging of the Holy Spirit is constant in our life but we must change our inclination to listen and obey.
Trust the Lord with all your heart.
I know what you are thinking. Of course, I trust the Lord. Salvation require faith and trust in Jesus Christ demonstrated in a prayer and ownership of grace. Check the box. I’m good. But there is so much more to life than simply being saved. A process called sanctification which is total transformation from wretch-like me to new creation. Our heart is broken at a very young age. It is unavoidable. What if brokenness is actually a blessing in disguise? The opportunity to surrender our whole heart in its tiny pieces. Bit by bit because the thought of its entirety is just too overwhelming.
Lean not on your own understanding.
The transference of our life to a new life in Christ requires submission to His Lordship. We become subject to the Kingdom of God which is founded and operated on the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God. To lean on Him and not our understanding requires an inclination toward God’s Word rather than the opinion of the world. Tough to swallow in a media saturated place with ever changing cultures and trends even in the walls of the church and doctrine. How can one know who’s right and who’s not? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Trust in the Lord begins by our inclination to lean on His Word as the Truth our life is built on.
In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
The slightest change in the coordinates of flight will ultimately change an aircraft’s destination. What if submitting “all” our ways to the Lord is not about turning it all around at once but in the smallest inclinations towards obedience? What if we try to do it “all” right rather than focusing on one commandment and doing it well? Leaning on the Lord is not a trust fall as much as that would be awesome. Humans are not wired that way. The Lord has given us His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is constantly offering us thoughts and ideas of ways to obey the commandments of God. His Word is the Sword that arms the Spirit of God to cut through the red tape of societal norm and get to the heart of the matter. Do you desire the Peace of God today? It is found in leaning not on our understanding and intellect but learning to lean on, trust in and rely on the Lord for everything.
God dropped this in my heart today – “I will never fully comprehend God’s Infinite Intelligence or the Brilliance of His Plan. Yet, I must trust that He knows.” The inclination of our heart, mind, body and soul must learn to lean on, trust in and rely on the Lord. Perhaps, it is in the not knowing that our faith grows into the hope that is needed to fully embrace and engage in all that God is doing. To simply obey the still small voice that is speaking truth in our heart. To not wait for courage, but step out in fear. What if our faith is a product of fear acted upon through God’s Word. You may only make it a few steps before the winds and waves grab your attention. However, each step of faith is one step closer to Jesus. Are you so inclined today? To step out on faith. Wait a little longer. Do it one more time. Trust falls are one in a million. Leaning is a daily opportunity. To offer one more piece of our broken heart to the masterpiece God is making. To try one more time. To engage in the offering of our life with random acts of faith infused in love. Who are you leaning on, trusting in and relying on today? You know. God knows. Yet, still He offers His Everlasting Arms.
O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms! O how bright the path grows from day to day, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms! What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms! I have peace complete with my Lord so near, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!