Sunday Walk 78 – Autonomy

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6, New American Standard Bible

The opposite of trusting in the Lord and listening for the Shepherd’s voice is autonomy. Autonomy is trusting in my own understanding and goodness. The delusion that I am doing something good is what drives me down the road to hell powered by those good intentions.

As C.S. Lewis pointed out in The Great Divorce, a tale of deluded shades who preferred hell to heaven, either we say to God, “Thy will be done,” or God says that right back to us.

The following video from Answers in Genesis Canada shows how human autonomy pervades our culture, and perhaps even our own personal worldviews, in rejecting the Lord by following our own understanding justified by a belief in our own goodness.

Weekly Parashah Readings
Parashah: Terumah 4 Adar, 5782 – February 5, 2022
Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
Brit Chadashah: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15; Matthew 5:33-37
Resources: Chabad, Hebrew4Christians, Weekly Torah Readings, Calendar

Sunrise with clouds, boat, water, sun and departing darkness
Sunrise with clouds, boat, water, sun and departing darkness

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

19 thoughts on “Sunday Walk 78 – Autonomy”

  1. Great post and fabulous photo, Frank! When I look back on my life, it’s scary to think about how ignorant/blind/rebellious I was, how poorly things were going–simply because I had not surrendered to Christ’s lordship yet. I’m breathing a sigh of grateful relief and praise for Him now…His grace, and patience, are truly Amazing. Blessings to you, Brother 🙂

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      1. And it’s FUN too 🙂 🙂 Frank, do you ever watch/listen to Dr Tony Evans? I’ve really benefitted by his teach this new year!

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  2. Great line —> “Thy will be done,” or God says that right back to us.” I always believed God gives us our will in the end, but we also still have that last breath, after that it’s our will be done.

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