Today's Devotional Thought
February 19, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
Trust in the Lord
The human brain is amazing. Modern research on the brain has only begun to uncover a fraction of how the brain works. But, what they’ve found out so far is remarkable. Just think about the neurological processes involved in reading these words on a computer screen, comprehending them, relating them to your own experiences, and then feeling how they touch your heart and soul. The brain is processing all of this in an instant and it’s simply amazing. And, our ability to reason and hypothesize and study phenomenon and predict outcomes is incredible.
But, as amazing as the human brain is, it is nothing compared to God. Our understanding of the world and our brains are infinitely small compared to God’s understanding of the world. There isn’t a word small enough to portray how minuscule our knowledge is compared to God’s knowledge. And yet, as we face different situations in our daily lives, we seem to continue to depend on our own understanding. When things seem unfair or bewildering, we try to explain them in a way that makes sense to us. And when problems arise that we simply don’t understand or can’t fix, we keep trying to figure them out ourselves rather than turning them over to God.
And, the worst part about trying to figure things out on our own is that when we can’t figure them out or fix them, we sometimes start to lose faith that God is in control or that He is even present. It’s like we forget that there is someone out there that understands things better than we’re able to. Because we can’t understand it, we start losing confidence that anyone understands it and we become unsettled. It is as if our lack of ability to understand or explain confusing situations begins to undermine our faith in God’s ability to understand and control things.
Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord and to lean not on our own understanding. And, the reason for that is that we have such an incomplete understanding of what is going on around us. In fact, we are not even humanly capable of understanding everything that God sees that is happening around us. And, if we only depended on our understanding, we will make faulty assumptions and very grave errors. We must trust in the One who has a complete understanding of the world and all of its occurrences. When things around you are confusing and make no sense at all, then take comfort in knowing that God understands what is happening and how best to deal with it. And, if you rely on Him for guidance, He will see you through to a resolution that is best. You may not even understand the resolution, but trust Him to lead you to what is best.
Trust Him today and lean not on your own understanding.