Flawed Fake Walls


Understand that we have limited knowledge and that the Lord knows and holds everything.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV)

Wow. There’s no wonder why He put that verse in the Bible. He knew that as humans we would constantly be wondering, ‘Why?”. Questions abound. Questions that we would truly appreciate answers for. It seems however, that on this side of heaven, some answers we are not meant to be known.

For me, I can usually shake these pesky questions out of my head rather quickly if it’s just for my own curiosity. When I’m being asked by one of my girls, or by a hurting woman, or a questioning unbeliever...then I am a little less patient. Or, if someone I love is suffering, these are the times when I want my own understanding to figure things out. Pronto.

Yet, we are told not to lean there. It’s a shaky wall.

I have such a wall at work. My cubicle has one side that is not secure; it looks like the other three sections, but it has an unseen flaw. Every once in a while a poor unsuspecting coworker will unwittingly lean on it for support only to find the entire wall tipping and they quickly must decide whether to save themselves or the partition from tumbling.

My feeble mind is just like that fake half wall. It is flawed and has limitations.

So years ago I memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 and I speak it (in fact sing it) often whenever I find myself attempting to find support within my own limited knowledge. Truth is I don’t know much of anything, save the fact that He knows and holds everything. Now that’s something I can safely lean on...especially when my faith is being shook with unanswered questions. What about you? Where do you lean? Find security and safety in Him. 

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