Leaning

We don’t think much these days about leaning; we are much too busy and have gotten in the habit of thinking we can do it ourselves.  In fact, it’s even worse than that – we have convinced ourselves that anything other than that is weakness and who wants to admit to being weak?  I don’t know how we got to where we are because using the smarts to admit that we can’t do it ourselves actually makes us smarter.  None of us can be 100 percent smart in all areas of life – surely you have heard of specialization.  It’s the latest thing – if you excel in some area others will be knocking on your door and what you are able to do will bring in the money to feed and clothe your own family.  Who would ever have thought it?

However, the process has also succeeded in dividing us.  Think about it!  In the past neighbors were always available to help each other out no matter the problem.  The gain was realized not only in fixing the problem, but in bringing people into each other’s lives.  Haven’t you realized that joy is at its best when it is shared either with family or friends?  Maybe even your Creator!  Wow! I hadn’t really thought about that, I just didn’t want anyone to know there was something I couldn’t do.  What a shame!

The wisdom of Solomon and others was given to us eons ago and it is recorded in the book of Proverbs – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (3:5-6).  Apparently asking for help when needed was the smart thing even in Biblical times; after all none of us can know everything.

Elihu, one of the miserable comforters of Job and thought to be the possible writer of the book, tells us that God is mighty, but despises no one (36:5); if they obey Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.  But if they do not obey, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge (11-12).  I don’t think any of us want to be in that boat.  Maybe that might give us a new insight into the value of leaning.

For the past number of years we seem to have become masters of learning as more and more things have been discovered in many fields of life, but have we really learned that when all is said and done there is only one who decides each day of life while we remain on this earth?  I would say it is doubtful.  One only has to look at the newspapers to see or turn on the TV to hear how today’s happenings have gotten worse than yesterday’s.  No one knows for sure how to stop the progress and so no one really tries.  Not to be unfair there are some who do, but the world has put up walls that no one individual can change without help.

Is there hope?  The Psalmist thought so as he reminded God’s people that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (46:1).  It might give you comfort from worry to read again the entire 46th Psalm.  God’s Word was given to us specifically to help us manage the stresses and strains of life; to show us that His way has always been the only way to the future that we want and hope to obtain.  Don’t you think it just might be time to give up our struggle and trust His love and comfort for tomorrow and the days ahead?  I do!

In addition, however, I also believe we should participate in God’s efforts to gather His flock together, once again.  Surely you can find one who needs His peace and comfort.

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, leaning on the everlasting arms.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA