Who and what are you leaning into? That is the question.

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” – Genesis 32:26

Maybe at times we have wrestled with God about a certain situation. We think of all the why’s. Why hasn’t He fulfilled that promise in my life, why hasn’t He performed this miracle that He said He would do? Our mind could go in a thousand directions off of just one why. But we are told to not lean on our own understanding. So who and what are you leaning on?


When we experience the pain from those “why’s” we have two options.

  • Lean into God
  • Lean on self

It took me years, I mean years to learn not to lean, to listen to others, to figure out my understanding of the issue. But to “Be Still and know that I am God” resting in Him will divert your own solution to the issue.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you leaning on His guidance? The direction of the Holy Spirit?
  • Or are we leaning on ourselves to figure the why’s of life out?

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4


  • There’s value in struggles
  • There’s value in trials 
  • There’s value in temptations 

Jacob didn’t understand in that moment but he still leaned into Him…

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Struggle, trial, sickness, temptation,) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”- Proverbs 3:5

…And whenever God is ready there will be a blessing in the release. 

James 1:12 blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life.

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It is our nature to put our trust in ourselves, in someone or something. The hardest thing to do I believe as being a Christian is to totally trust God in what seems to be an unwavering circumstance. Whether we think we know it all, we don’t. Our perception of things is not the same way how He looks at it. We must trust.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.

Just before the children of Israel began to cross the Jordan river, with the Promised Land being on the other side. Joshua told the people “Sanctify yourselves, tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”

Why did God have the people sanctified before they crossed?

I believe sometimes God needs to remind us of what He has done in the past, to remind us of His Power, His Glory and His Sovereignty in order for us to have our faith encouraged. Whenever we sanctify ourselves we are saying no to the Worlds standards and saying yes to God, trusting in who He says He is, knowing that He can and will deliver us once more.


He is asking us, His children to be completely dependent upon Him. He’s not asking for a perfect trust, we are an imperfect people. But He is asking to have a heart and life that does not consciously reject or deny with unbelief.

You may be at the Jordan river, overlooking what may seem impossible. But just like the priests when they began to take that step of faith, it says the waters stopped and the children walked on dry ground.