Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7).
God has advice for us. It is up to us whether we are wise and listen to His advice, or whether we are foolish and ignore His wisdom.
Take these three areas and see how many reject God’s Word, truth, and wisdom:
- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
God, the only eyewitness, tell us that He created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. He tells us what He did and how He did it. He tells us that He worked six days and rested on the seventh. However, many people, even many Christians, reject what God has said and trust in their own wisdom.
Some say that God did not really mean what He said. Some say that God meant some of what He said but it did not happen as He said it. Even though God gives us genealogies that go all the way back to the first man, Adam, some say that God is wrong and those genealogies and the history of the world should go back millions and even billions of years. Many people listen to atheistic scientists and believe them instead of hearing what creation scientists have to say and how their research based upon the scientific evidence proves that what God has said is true.
- For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).
God tells us that we are saved, born again, regenerated, made new, given eternal life, made righteous, etc. by faith in Jesus and not by works. Yet many people think that God is wrong in this. They say that they get to heaven by following church rules, by being a member of a church, by getting baptized, or by trying to be good. They reject what God has said and lean on their own understanding. They hope they will go to heaven because they think of themselves as good church members who pray sometimes, yet they are trusting in their church or in themselves instead of in Jesus Christ alone.
Despite what Jesus said, some people say that there is more than one way to heaven. They think that as long as a person tries to be nice and is sincere, they will go to heaven, even if they do not trust in Jesus alone for salvation. Again, such people are leaning on their own understanding and rejecting God’s Word.
- Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
These verses are not difficult to understand. They do not need to be interpreted to find some hidden meaning. They are, however, rejected by those who are wise in their own eyes. Marriage is a special covenant relationship designed by God. It represents the relationship that Jesus has with His bride – all true Christians. Sexual relationships before marriage are wrong and sinful, God says. Adultery is wrong and sinful. Homosexuality is wrong and sinful. God, the Creator, calls it unnatural and an abomination. Yet there are many who say that God is wrong about these things. They reject God and lean on their own understanding, proving that they are not being wise in God’s sight, but fools. Those who steal and get drunk and covet are in the same category as those who commit sexual sins. Sin is evil in God’s sight, and should be evil in our sight, as well. To say that two men or two women who love each other should be allowed to get married; to say that God sees nothing wrong with two people who are in love yet committing fornication only shows that we have rejected what God has said.
How is it with you? Are you trusting in God or in your own understanding? Are you seeking God’s wisdom or are you trusting in your own?
If you are trusting in yourself and accepting sin rather than following Jesus, you do have a remedy. The same verse that says not to be wise in our own eyes also tells us to fear God and depart from evil. After listing some of the sins that show that we are not God’s children, the very next verse gives the solution: And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). You can leave your sin and have your sinful hearts cleansed by God’s Spirit through the blood of Jesus. We must realize that we are sinners and that our sinful behavior, attitude, and thoughts are indeed sinful. Then, let us humbly go to God and seek His grace and mercy and new life in Jesus Christ.