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I’ve been puzzling over this Tuesday Topic post all week. I have so many favorite quotes, but one kept coming back to my mind. I am careful for both business and personal reasons to not throw my religion in front of my members and friends too much. But this time, it was like it just wouldn’t go away. When it popped into my head this morning while I was jogging, I knew that I had to go ahead and post.
My favorite quote is actually Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all ways and He shall direct your path.”
I’ve probably lost about a third of you from reading now, but for those who I haven’t, hear me out. This passage is at the same time completely religious but also generally applicable. If you believe in God, it tells you that no matter what happens, He’s going to take care of you. But even if you believe in something (or someone) else, it’s a reminder that it’s not always our job to UNDERSTAND or make sense of what is happening to us. Sometimes we just have to let it happen and see how it is going to turn out. Life doesn’t always behave the way that we expect it to, and that’s okay. Because something is around the corner that will put it all into perspective.
So there it is. My contribution to the Tuesday Topic group (on Fhursday!). I’m feeling a little more peaceful just finally putting it out there.
Matt McWilliams says
This is one of the few verses I actually have memorized. It seemed that for a season in life, this verse kept coming up, in prayer group, on the radio, in my devotional book…everywhere. I figured God was trying to say something to me 🙂
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with your strength…to love Him is to trust Him.
I rarely apply this Proverb, if I am being honest, in my own life. But when I do, great things happen…you’d think I would learn from that!
Thanks for posting this Tricia…glad I found it 2 months later!
Judi Moore says
I think this is a great way to explain how you feel about that scripture. I think there are many people (I’m one) who reject much of the arrogance of religions that are organized around a list of “things we hate”, but are spiritual and believe very strongly in a higher power.
I have spent the larger portion of my life trying to discover the name and nature of God and I wholeheartedly agree with “lean not on your own understanding”.
I’m glad you chose this quote, I try to live by it everyday. Surrender is not only Christian, the Buddhist concept of letting go of material and sensual things is very similar.
If anyone stops reading your posts due to your religious views, would you really miss out on anything?
Isn’t it funny how we have to “hide” our beliefs to be acceptable nowadays.. Anyway…. this is one of my favorite bible verses too! I like the part about “lean not on your own understanding” because I SURE don’t know what I’m doing sometimes or why I feel led down a certain path, and I’m glad I’m not expected to. Happy weekend to you!