“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5

There’s an old saying in recovery that says “your best thinking got you into recovery.” In Christ-centered recovery, there are a couple of verses that come close to this old recovery saying. One of them is in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” The other scripture is 2 Corinthians 10:5 reads ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” In recovery. we don’t act on every thought that enters our head. We have a system setup that ensures that we test every thought by not impulsively acting on the thought and calling it God’s will.

God is not a god of confusion. He is not going to lead us in one direction and then in another. When God leads us, there is going to be an order and purpose. God’s will for us will never be fleeting or without meaning. He is not going to take us in one direction and then say, “Oh no, sorry. Made a wrong turn back there. It’s this way.” If we find ourselves going in one direction, finding out that it’s a dead end, then going in another direction, it might not be God leading us. We may be leaning on our own understanding.

A good way to tell if God is leading us is when we suddenly realize God has taken us to a place we never expected to be. God works in God’s time and not in ours. In the time it takes for us to think that God is leading us, we are already where He wants us to be. We can not lean on our own understanding. We surrender our wills to God and He moves at Godspeed. When God moves, we may not see what’s happening but we do see that God is moving us. When God moves, it is always with purpose and intention and never to a dead end.

Written by Jackell

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Father God, sometimes it’s difficult knowing when You are speaking to me and when it’s my own thoughts. I want to believe that my thoughts are directed by You but I know I can be deceived. Please make Your will for me obvious so that I understand how to be obedient to You. Amen.

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