We begin my Mother’s Day Gift series by introducing you to our firstborn, Jason. He and his wife, Ashley, will celebrate their 12th anniversary on June 3rd. They have four children and live in Tennessee.
I was reading in the Bible the other day, and if you haven’t checked it out recently, I really recommend it. You might think you know what the Bible says already (like I did), and while it hasn’t changed too much in the last 1,600 years, it has this funny way of revealing new things to you in different seasons of life.
Anyway, so I was reading in Proverbs 3, because it was May 3 and I heard somewhere that’s what you’re supposed to do. I came upon verse 5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” which most everyone has probably heard before. But I don’t know if I ever paid attention to the second part of that same verse: “and lean not on your own understanding.”
Our modern world tends to lean a lot on its own understanding.
I know I do. And how could we not? A quick Google search, and the answer to any question is right in front of us. We have access to more information than anyone at any point of history ever. And what do we have to show for it? We’re stressed and worried out of our minds!
Now, acquiring knowledge is certainly important.
We should all be constantly learning and growing. Notice the verse doesn’t say to avoid or run from understanding. Just don’t lean on your own understanding of everything. What’s the difference? Well for me personally, not needing to lean on my own understanding is a relief! I don’t have everything figured out, and that’s okay.
For example, I don’t feel old or mature enough to have kids of my own, but somehow my wife and I have four of them. Four!
Some days I still think, man, we need to ask an adult about this particular situation. Then I realize we are the adults. When did this happen? I’m still not sure.
Not leaning on my own understanding, and instead putting that trust in the Lord, means that I am continually reminding myself that He is in control. When I’m anxious about a situation, He is in control. When my kids aren’t in control, He is in control. Even if I don’t remember that He’s in control, He is still in control.
I can do my best and let God take care of the results and the future, and that’s all He asks of me. What good news that is! Our kids might turn out okay after all.
I should see if the Bible has anything to say about parenting.