Lean Not unto Thine Own Understanding

In the previous blog post I forgot to include two important applicable Bible verses…Proverbs 3:5-6 and Matthew 7:13-14…both famous, beloved, well-known verses.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6)…directly and specifically tells us we need God’s active participation in the course, direction, and management of our lives.

“Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Mt. 7:13-14)…tells us that the majority of people choosing to live and think in the worldly conventional normalcy segment…some considerable distance down the vertical graph-line below the brilliant pure light and absolute goodness at the top point on this graduated continuum…are on the broad road to destruction.

Christ’s death on the cross, and His resurrection, gives the believer righteous standing before God that restores the relationship God intended when He created us.

In the excellent recent Christian movie God’s Not Dead 2, the main character Grace Wesley (played by Melissa Joan Hart) prays to God for divine help after she is suspended and facing a court trial as a high school history teacher for discussing in class Jesus Christ as a person within the context of history…citing the above verse Proverbs 3:5-6 in her prayer.

She is depending upon God for help within a modern scenario of events that she feels unable to overcome within her normal, innate, conventional abilities and capacity.

This exposes and refutes in a subtly brilliant way the shallowness of the taunt that the world levels at Christians that we need God “as a crutch” to lean upon…inferring weakness on the part of believing Christians who seemingly cannot cope with life on the basis of self-sovereignty and self-rulership alone.

If all of life existed within worldly conventional normalcy…then this indictment of Christians by the world would be accurate.  Because skeptical unbelief allows no room for the existence of the living God actively participating in the lives of biblical characters of faith and in the lives of today’s Christians…this taught about God as a crutch seems reasonable from the perspective of worldly conventional normalcy and thinking.

But in a biblical-quality, God-composed journey of faith life-script…the challenges we face are above our capacity to resolve using worldly conventional means and abilities…by purposeful design.  Whether it is producing the son of promise Isaac…for Abraham, or rising to the position of governor of Egypt…like Joseph, or the seeming impossibility of delivering the entire population of Israelites from bondage in Egypt…for Moses…callings of God are beyond human creative imagination and our ability to contrive or control…by God’s purposeful design and intention

This is the feature of placing brilliantly pure light and absolute goodness on a graduated, vertical graph-line scale…hopefully illustrating how worldly conventional normalcy…situated lower down the scale well below God’s perfection at the very top…creates the gaps where God’s imaginative insertion of situations and circumstances can occur between worldly conventional normalcy at the lower point on the scale and God’s absolute perfection at the top of the scale…stretching us beyond our innate capacity…to part the Red Sea, survive in the lion’s den all night like Daniel, survive the fiery furnace like the three young Hebrew friends of Daniel, and be rescued from prison by an angel in the middle of the night like Peter.

This is what we read about in the biblical narrative stories of faith, consistently from the beginning of the Bible to the end of the Book of Acts.  This is true, genuine, biblical faith.  This is what elevates a God-composed adventure of faith life-script out f the realm of humanistic literary invention.

The gap between worldly conventional normalcy part way down the vertical graph-line, and absolute goodness and brilliant pure spiritual light at the top point on this vertical line…is what makes the narrow gate of Matthew 7:13-14 inaccessible except through Jesus Christ, the cross, and the resurrection.

God has made this the reality because this is the reality.  This gap exists in reality on the vertical graph-line of good and evil, light and darkness.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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