Lean On God

Do you wonder why things don’t go your way? Do you sometimes think everything goes wrong? Do you feel as though you can’t get on the right track no matter what you do? Have you thought that perhaps you are trusting in the wrong person?

It is true that we sometimes go through rough stretches of happenings. Perhaps a relationship has failed, you’ve lost a job, you’ve had family or friends who have died, or you have experienced a severe illness. We have even heard some people say these types of significant negative events happen in threes.

Some of those things will happen no matter what we do. Yet much of what happens to us is a result of our choices. We tell ourselves we are doing the best we can, and it may be true from a human perspective. We receive information, process it, and make a choice. Often, we do so in split second reaction.

What if there was a way to train ourselves to change the how we react, how we process the information? There is. We can train our thought processes. In fact, our thought processes are learned. As we experience the results of making a choice, our brain files it away, and our next decision in the same type of situation is based on what we learned.

If we want to train ourselves to make better decisions, decisions that will lead to better results, we need to learn from God. Much like learning calculus, it’s not a simple nor short process. We must spend time reading God’s Word and in prayer. Over time, our decisions will be decisions based on God’s plan.

We can’t say we trust God and not learn from Him. If we do, we are not really trusting God. We are saying what we think is right, yet living our lives as we want, doing what we want. When we truly trust God, we want to learn more from Him and about Him.

Learning from God is very exciting. It is even more exciting to see how our lives change as we put into action what we have learned. We make positive decisions. We see things working out in our favor. We do the right thing more often than the wrong thing. We say the right things rather than the wrong things. All because we have decided to bring God into our hearts and our minds. It doesn’t mean we won’t experience rough patches in this life, but we handle them much better than we would without God.

I pray we all decide to trust God with our whole heart. I pray each of us decide to lean on God for answers. I pray we experience God working in our lives to make positive changes. Trust God. Lean on Him. Learn from and about God. He will straighten your paths in life.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways submit to him,

and he will make your paths straight.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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