“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”
In other words, what this verse is suggesting is do not rely only on reasoning. Reasoning opens the door for deception and brings much confusion.
I believe that the people (like myself) who try to figure everything out, only end up being more confused. I have found this to be absolutely true! Reasoning and confusion go together.
You and I can ponder a thing in our heart, we can hold it before the Lord and see if He desires to give us understanding, but the minute we start feeling confused, we have gone too far. We can reason and figure something out to make sense to us. But what we have reasoned to be correct… may still be incorrect. The human mind likes logic and order and reason. It likes to deal with what it understands. Therefore, we have a tendency to put things into neat little bins in the compartments of our mind, while thinking… “This must be the way it is because it fits so nicely here.” We can find something our minds are comfortable with and still be totally wrong!
God gives us understanding on many issues, but we do not have to understand everything to walk with the Lord and be in obedience to His will. There are times when God leaves huge question marks as tools in our lives to stretch our faith. Unanswered questions crucify our flesh. It is difficult for humans to give up reasoning and simply trust God, but once the process is accomplished, the mind enters into a place of rest.
I don’t know about you, but I want God to reveal things to me in such a way that I KNOW in my spirit that what has been revealed to my mind is correct. I don’t want to reason, to figure and to be logical, rotating my mind around and around an issue until I am worn out and confused. I want to experience the peace of mind and heart that comes from trusting in God, not in my own human insight and understanding.
Write from my heart,