Lean not on your own understanding of your revelation.
4 And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
My devotional the last two days did not bring me much revelation. However, RLFCs Wednesday night service, coffee with the Pastor did. Coffee with the Pastor is just what it sounds like, we relax in the sanctuary and discuss the Word of God over coffee and fellowship, after awesome Praise and Worship. We come with questions about God and His Word, and the Pastors’ challenge us with questions as well. It is an awesome time of worship, fellowship and relationship with God and each other.
The word Revelation came up as a cliche of the Christian way of speaking, these days. And if you are a Born Again believer you know that we speak differently than un-believers. And we do have a tremendous amount of key words and phrases that become over used. Like most cultures, and when a group of people decide to live in Christ, we take on a cultural way of life, like any group of people. Our culture is Love and Tolerance and God and the things of God. And done rightly and innocently we attempt to walk in this world the way the Christ Jesus walked in the world.
Back to the point…Revelation as a cliche word.
I use the word revelation when I come to a clear understanding of something in God’s Word. The Assistant Pastor brought up, at service last night, that we use the word revelation too loosely. I have to agree, being guilty of that myself.
The question was how does God guide us?…something similiar to that. From the Pastor to the congregation. A question we were all quick to answer: through the Word, by the Holy Spirit. All correct and all rote. He wanted to hear that we understood what we answered.
Today, there is a revival that I believe is at it’s end, in Florida. Many strange and non-scriptural things were preached and taught there. Strange doctrine. Jesus was not in very much of it, that I could find in the very little that I followed. For me, and many, the Holy Spirit rose up and identified it as false teachings, immediately. Others evidently, followed and were deceived.
The fact remains that God guides and teaches us through His Word first, by the Holy Spirit. And those of us who aspire to Christian living are placed under a Shepard who teaches the Word of God. So in comes the “lean not on your own understanding” and the revelation twist.
I read the Bible with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, in prayer. I have it clarified by the preaching and teaching of Mighty Men and Women of God, and I study the Word for myself. My revelations or understanding of the Word, may not be your revelation or understanding. However, I do not believe that there is room for interpretation of the Word. The Word will prove itself, upon study. If my understanding of what I am reading does not stand up to Scripture and Testament comparison then I am not understanding, I have not received the revelation from the Holy Spirit.
I believe this to be a vital thing. God is not the author of confusion, so if I do not understand it, I have yet to receive the understanding of God, therefore I must continue to study and learn. And conversely, what I find to be revelation is not necessarily for anyone else. I am to recognize it and wait on God to fulfill it…I read an online devotional against beginning a conversation with someone with ” God said to me” or ” God gave me this for you…” We must be very sure, we must know that we know that it was God we heard from.
I was just thinking…while standing at the bottom of this well…
So off I go to enjoy this beautiful day God has blessed me with. And I will not lean on my understanding of things today. I give them now to God and He will be my understanding.