Proverbs 3:5 by Carly Ogletree

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding

I know sometimes when you’re at home reading your bible or when you’re sitting in a sermon at church, the words of God can look like the picture above. You might be able to see the letters in order and comprehend what they mean individually but collectively it looks like a bowl of letters. The Bible isn’t just a story book. It’s alive and active, meaning, it changes as you change. The more you grow to understand the words of the Lord, the more revelation it will give you by the Holy Spirit. The Bible also isn’t just a physical book but a spiritual one. 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The first step in understanding the words of God is you must born again spiritually. You need a new nature to be able to comprehend His words and have your mind transformed to His ways rather than conformed to the ways of the world. Without this step, you will not be able to understand God’s truths in your life and live and experience the fullness of what He has for you.

Now, if you’ve already taken the first step and you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, first off, praise God! Secondly, you may still find yourself struggling with understanding God’s word. In the first part of the battle, the enemy, which is Satan, had a relationship with you that hindered your relationship with God which is why you had to get saved. Now that you’re saved, the second battle is in your mind where the enemy plants lies to keep you from receiving and believing the truths of God. You can be saved and still not think with your spiritual mind. We do it all the time when we sin. Whenever you choose to sin, you choose to follow your natural mind rather than operating with the mind of Christ. And remember, your natural mind “does not receive the things of the Spirit of God…nor can [it] know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” Understanding the words of God isn’t like reading English literature. It takes surrendering the thoughts you had in mind about God and His plans for your life and exchanging them for the truth found in His word.

In order to have to understanding it means you have to “stand under” something. You have to come under subjection to the ways of God and come out of the ways of this world. The things that you used to think were okay might not be okay with God, and you have to be okay with that. The thoughts you used to have about your life and being able to make your own decisions must be done away with now that you have a Lord over your life. When people say this to you a spirit of fear might come over you because you’re afraid of having someone “run your life.” Maybe you’ve had experiences where people you trusted harmed you or manipulated you and that effects your view of God, but God is not man! His plans are to prosper you and NOT to harm you. He loves you. So it is completely okay to “stand under” His word, in order that, you can understand His purpose for your life and walk in it.

We have many questions in our lives. From the mundane “what am I going to eat today” questions to the difficult “where am I going to live” questions but God is there to answer them all. He answers them when we decide to put our trust in Him and trust in His perfect plan over our not-so perfect one. He answers them when we decide to “stand under” His truth and what He thinks about our situations rather than “standing under” the lie that we’ve got everything figured out. The truth is, you and I desperately need Him. It would be foolish to think that in a world like this we don’t need a God like the One we serve. It would be foolish to think that the creations know more about themselves and their lives than their Creator. Choose wisdom and choose to “stand under” what God says about your life.

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