Trust in the Lord with all your heartProverbs 3:5-6, New American Standard Bible
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
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