Wisdom Beyond Our Own


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths”. (Prov. 3:5,6)

I memorized that verse as a young Christian, especially the part about “trust in the LORD with all your heart”. But the older I’ve grown, the more of life I’ve lived, the instruction to “not rely on your own insight” has become more difficult. Age and experience are supposed to teach us many of the lessons of life. We do well to value the wise and seek their counsel. But the Scriptures speak of a wisdom beyond that which age and experience have taught us. In fact, another translation says simply, “put no faith in your own perception”. Then adds “acknowledge him in every course you take”.

“In every course”. In routine tasks we’ve done a thousand times…or more. In situations in which we feel tentative and unsure. In the myriad caretaking tasks of this day, and in all of life, “listen for GOD”s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”

Prayer – In every experience of this day, and in all of my days, teach me to acknowledge your presence and listen for your voice. Amen

Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (www.awzorchids.com), copyright 2016

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