The Trust Lean

In my journey through the Bible, I’m now reading Proverbs. This old familiar friend of a verse was part of my Bible study several days ago:

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

The word lean implies a bending toward someone or something sturdy and trustworthy, knowing that we will be supported when we are weak, tired, stressed, or afraid.

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At different moments of my life, I recall leaning upon my father’s shoulder; leaning into my husband’s arms; leaning against the trunk of a huge oak tree; leaning upon a boulder on the ocean shore.

I leaned upon them all because I trusted that they would be strong, when I couldn’t be.

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Considering that, Solomon’s words seem all the wiser.

Why would I ever lean only upon my understanding and knowledge, when I am a flawed and uncertain human being? Why wouldn’t I trust the wisdom of my Father, and lean upon him, who has my best interests in mind and the perfect answer for every situation?

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:6

Would that I were more like the Apostle John, who leaned without shame upon Jesus’ breast.

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. – John 13:23

When do you lean upon the Lord the most? I find I must remember to lean upon him every day. I appreciate your comments!

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4 thoughts on “The Trust Lean”

  1. Wonderfully said, thank you! I find I lean on the Lord least when things seem to be going according to ‘my’ plan. I tend to get terribly short-sighted, focusing on the task (and then the next one) to get done, leaning on my own understanding to do it. When I am in this mode, I easily miss what the Lord is doing around me.
    I am learning, ever-so slowly, to lean in more to God in the every day. My track record of doing things on my own is not very good. It seems a no-brainer that I should tap into the wisdom of Solomon’s writing to better keep me in line with what God’s will is for me today!
    Pastor Chuck

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