The Leaning Tower of Pisa is perhaps not so unique! This house, used as a hotel, is found on the Blau river in Ulm, Germany. The Guinness Book of Records named it the most leaning hotel in the world in 1997. It was built around the 15th century in the Fisherman’s Quarter of the city. I cannot imagine staying there. I would be afraid that I would roll out of bed!
Today’s verse is a loving warning 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 this house. 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.
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule)