Commentary By: Gordon King
As humans we rely on our own understanding of what is right and what is wrong, on our own reasoning and intellect in determining how to live our lives and how to treat others. As believers in Jesus Christ we should not lean on our own understanding, but trust in God with all of our heart.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding“
It is the LORD who determines the times, the weather, and life itself. It is He who hold’s all things together, who gives and takes away. While we don’t always know or understand just why God does some of the things that He does, we must trust in Him and His ways.
‘ “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.’
Trusting in the Lord is essential to being a follower of Christ, it is also essential for our salvation. God has given us the Holy Spirit in order to lead and to guide us in His ways not ours. We must listen to His Spirit and follow His lead. Trust in what the Spirit tells us and do not lean on your own understanding.
There may be many times when a believer will want to deviate from the leading of the Holy Spirit, to do things our own way and not God’s way. This my friends is rebellion against God Almighty! It is sin. It is relying on self, rather than relying on God.
Much sin is the result of selfishness, of putting “I” first. We must put aside our own life and take on the life of Christ! He must increase and I must decrease. Isn’t this scriptural?
Do things for God, according to His will, and for the purpose of pleasing Him, and then you shall reap the rewards of a faithful servant. Help those in need, do good, feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, comfort the suffering, spend time with the lonely. Be kind, generous, helpful, forgiving, merciful, loving, and live in peace.
Jesus came humbly before man to bring good news, to love those suffering in the world. He came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly! This is how we are to live as well. We are to put on Christ and live as He did my friends!
One day He will return, not as a gentle Lamb, but as a roaring Lion! This is the side of Christ which belongs to God, the side which is reserved for God alone. The time when He puts a stop to the madness in the world and ushers in a new era.
Vengeance belongs to God, not to us. It is not for us to condemn, but for God. Ours is to love as God first loved us! Our faith in God is strengthened by adversity and tribulation. When you stumble and fall get back up and follow the Lord, learn and grow as He transforms you into the likeness of Christ!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!