Are you smart because you think you’re smart? Are you wise because you believe you’re wise? Do you know yourself better than anyone else does? If you answered yes to one or all three of those questions, you’re trusting in your own understanding. And that’s a problem…because you’re leaving out your Creator. When you do that, you’re risking more than you might realize.
Let’s say you wake up tomorrow and find out you’re the smartest, wisest, and richest person in the world. You can answer any question, solve any problem, and afford anything you want. Wouldn’t that be cool? Who wouldn’t love that?
But then…20 or 30 or 40 years from now you discover you’re old. And dying. And you can’t figure out the answer to aging. You can’t solve the problem of feeling weaker and weaker. And all your money doesn’t bring you any doctors or scientists who can figure it out either. You begin to wonder…what did it all mean? Suddenly you have questions…not answers. Your mind can only ponder the meaning of life…but it doesn’t make sense.
See how making everything about YOU eventually brings you to a point of hopelessness and helplessness? When you’ve lived your whole life, and you’re at the point of dying, that’s when pure truth sinks in. You either know where you’re going, or you don’t.
There’s a place in the Bible where it says your understanding isn’t the best way to go. That’s God telling you He sees the whole picture and you only see a little bit of it. He lets you know if you trust in Him “with all your heart”, He’ll show you a clear path. God wants to bless you beyond what you can even imagine. But He doesn’t force His will over yours. He lets you choose.
Which do you choose? Hopelessness? Or hope? Helplessness? Or God’s help? I pray you choose to honor the Lord. When you do, He’ll fill you up with life. Life so abundant and full it’ll take forever to live it. Your own understanding can’t begin to see how beautiful it will be. And here’s a rhyme to help you remember…
Your own understanding is a tiny, little thing
And it won’t help you live beyond your days.
But you can live forever with faith and hope and love,
When you can trust the Lord in all your ways.