Devotions By Jan

Leaning Christmas Tree

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tree-downScripture for Today: Proverbs 3:5-6  “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.”

This happened to me although our cat had nothing to do with it!  The tree my husband brought back had a hidden flaw and leaned to one side.  The bottom of the trunk was straight and well anchored in the tree stand, yet it leaned.  No matter how careful I was to balance the heavier ornaments on the unaffected side, it leaned.  Not only did it crash to the ground but I lost so many ornaments, and lost my cool!

Today’s verse cautions us against leaning on one’s own understanding.  When a believer counts on his own reasoning rather than trusting in God’s unveiled plans, he leans as precariously as that Christmas tree.  Our own understanding is flawed and limited.  We never see the big picture.  Leaning and trusting in only what we can understand makes us lean away from the sure foundation that He is!  In limiting ourselves to what we can surmise or figure out, we become unstable.  We teeter and sway rather than standing firm with a wholehearted trust in His direction.  He has promised to lead the way and make our paths straight.

My own understanding sure gets me in trouble.  I assume the wrong thing.  I read a situation incorrectly without even knowing it.  I think I know, and I do not.  There is only One who knows the future, who knows what is best for me.  The Lord not only knows, but He has the power to bring it about!  If I lean at all, I want to lean into Him and His strong arms.

Lord, keep me trusting in You with all my heart.

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