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Leaning On God
Weekly devotional by Barbara Sanders

cross Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Most of us want to be 'self-sufficient, and not have to rely on anyone for anything. That is a natural reaction from an adult. The child always leans on the parents for security, but, adults either feel secure without 'leaning', or, they try to make others feel they are secure. But, most of us need someone to lean on, especially in hard times. We aren't the strong people we make others think we are, at times. And, there's nothing wrong with being insufficient at times, that we need others to help.

How did David kill Goliath, when others, who were much stronger and older, weren't chosen for the task? He 'leaned' on God - trusted that HE would bring him through. But, the one outstanding example of 'leaning on God' was with Abraham. God told Abraham to go up to the land of Moriah and offer up his son, Isaac, as a burnt offering. Abraham obeyed God and went to the place, getting the altar ready to give God his son freely. BUT, he trusted GOD to send an offering for him to use. He never told his son that he was to be the burnt offering - he held on to the fact that God had never failed, and he felt he'd not fail this time. So, in obedience, he had come that day to give his son. Genesis 22:9 says 'God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:', proving he had never lost faith in his God!

God came through for Abraham, and He will come through for you! Be obedient in what GOD has asked you to do, lean only on Him, and you will come out victorious!

Heavenly Father, Too often, we want to be all self-sufficient. We tackle jobs for which we are no match. We never give a thought to the fact that, if we call upon you, you will help us through the toughest of trials. Help us to get to the place it's second nature to be obedient to your and your Word, that we feel most comfortable with leaning on you always! We give you praise! Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Written ©May 4, 2002 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.
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