“The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you.”
-Deuteronomy 33:27 NLT
When my children were close to walking on their own, they leaned heavily on me for balance. They’d hold onto my arm for stability, and I would lead them. Eventually, Caroline, Daniel, and Harrison each built up confidence enough to balance themselves and walk confidently across the room. But when it comes to their spiritual lives, I pray they’ll never stop leaning on the Lord and the biblical truths their dad and I have taught.
In his book on the life of King David, Chuck Swindoll explains that every person is “built to be a leaner.” But he warns about the danger of leaning on other people, other things, or even ourselves, rather than the Lord. In Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV, God’s Word reminds us to, “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.”
When we are small, we naturally and rightly lean on our parents. As we grow, however, we must learn to lean on the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s the only Friend who will never fail us or let us fall.