Leaning On Him

There are times when we feel pretty smart. For example, doesn’t it feel great when you ace a test or you know something your dad didn’t? But then reality hits us, and we realize there is so much that we don’t know. That we may not me as smart as we thought we were. Now, I’m not trying to drag you down or anything, but I am trying to make a point. Our wisdom has a limit. God’s wisdom, however, is never-ending.

But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?

That was Job 28:12. Where can wisdom be found? Although there are a lot of ways to expand our knowledge, there are things that we simply do not know yet and that we can’t figure from any textbook. What does an atom look like? What lies on the outer reaches of the universe? Some people aren’t even sure about the origin of life (but, thankfully, we are!). But as I was saying above, God’s wisdom is never-ending. He created the atom, the universe, life…well, everything! His wisdom is infinite, but sometimes we overlook that. Proverbs 3:5 says:

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

Our understanding (aka wisdom) is small. Life would get pretty messed up if we attempted to go about leaning on our own understanding. But if we lean on God’s infinite wisdom, know that He is in control, and follow His plan for our life, we know that everything that happens is for our own good (even if we can’t see it at the moment). So lean on Him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)



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2 thoughts on “Leaning On Him

  1. When it comes to wisdom I love the way God confronts Job after Job’s horrible suffering brings him to the point of demanding some face time with God.
    Job proves he really was a smart man by his silence as God raises question after question Job cannot answer. Finally, Job responds with repentance not justification, or excuse, or blame shifting. Job responds in the only appropriate way–he worships.
    I hate Job’s pain. I struggle to understand why our great, merciful, loving God allowed a “righteous man” (God’s description of Job) to go through it. But that brings me back to leaning on His understanding and not mine.
    In all the complexity of this world and life and emotions and relationships and physical needs/wants…etc the greatest wisdom is, me little, God big.
    Job 42.5 “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees Thee.”
    Please Lord, help me see more clearly with my eye as I follow Job’s example and lean on You.


    • So true. It is really hard to comprehend why God allowed Job to be put through so many things. But then we realize that we can learn so many valuable lessons from it. And Job was the perfect candidate–as you said, his answers to God were always humble and worshipful. Mimicking Job’s attitude would be a worthy goal. He understood that his understanding was nothing compared to God’s.
      Thanks for commenting and God bless you!


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