Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. [ESV]
There is wisdom that a man needs in order to just get along in this world. It that same wisdom as the book title claims: All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, published twenty-five years ago by Robert Fulghum. It has become a simple credo known around the world. It is the wisdom of the world that says that the only real confidence is self-confidence. It claims that we are the creators of our own futures and therefore we must lean on our own understanding. Do not get me wrong. I am not advocating that we not use the grey matter that God has given us. He expects us to plan with discretion. He expects us to use our heads in our living out life. We mistakenly prop up ourselves with our own wisdom. What God expects is for us to use a companion wisdom that we learn to depend on as an overriding protection. Left to our own wisdom, we do an incredibly poor job of practicing unconditional love, unbiased justice and non-situational righteousness. [Jer 9:24]
The real issue is that we fail to comprehend on our own the limits of our wisdom. History and science teach us over and over again the foolishness of leaning only on our own understanding. We also fail, without input from our Creator, to understand how brief our live is with its corresponding experience. It is impossible to drawn right conclusions that go beyond our experience and life-span.
There is another wisdom that has eternal value, which puts us in right relationship with our creator. It realizes that self-confidence goes only so far. This is the wisdom that only can come from listening to God and not our own understanding. If we say that we ‘trust God’ then He understands it to mean that we depend on Him for everything that we need and preserving us from evil. The judgment calls that we exercise in our hearts are the result of our being persuaded that God is the only object of confidence. We learn to become more and more satisfied with His power and faithfulness. Everything in our minds that contradicts God promise, that needs to be condemned.
“Not in a creature, the best, the holiest, and the highest;
Not in any creature enjoyment, as riches, strength, and wisdom;
Nor in any outward privilege, arising from natural descent and education;
Not in a man’s self, in his own heart, which is deceitful;
Nor in any works of righteousness done by him;
Not in a profession of religion, or the duties of it, ever so well performed;
Not in frames, nor in graces, and the exercise of them;
No, not in faith or trust itself: but in the Lord, the object of all grace, and in him only;
In Jehovah the Father, as the God of nature and providence, for all temporal blessings;
And as the God of all grace, for all spiritual blessings, and all the needful supplies of grace;
And for eternal happiness, which he has provided, promised, and freely gives.
Trust in him at all times…” John Gill, Exposition of the Bible