Leaning on the Lord simply means we relying on Him and we trusting in Him. He answers our prayer, He directs our paths, and we keep leaning on Him. We should live every day trusting God, depending on Him and acknowledging Him. “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” (Pro. 3:5-6).
By saying ‘Lord, I’m trusting you for today’, what you’re saying is I’m leaning on you to give me wisdom, guidance and direction for my life. That reminds me of what the bible says in the 37th psalm: “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity”. “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass”. “Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret – it only causes harm” (Psalm 37:1, 7, 8).
Three times the psalmist says: ‘do not fret’, ‘do not fret’, ‘do not fret’. As believers we have the Spirit of Christ living in us and as we lean on Him or rely on Him, we trust Him so that’s what God wants us to do. He wants us to lean upon Him, He wants us to rely upon Him. He wants us to trust in Him. He wants us to come to Him acknowledging that we are dependent upon Him because He wants to be everything for us that we need in our lives.
God intended to direct our lives. “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jer. 10:23). If you read Jeremiah 10: 23 in context, Jeremiah was lamenting the fact that the Israelites were going into bondage and captivity. He was talking about total destruction of Jerusalem because they had rejected God. Therefore, the nations were going to conquer them and send them to captivity.
He was talking about terrible judgment and right in the middle of the prophesy, Jeremiah asked a question; How could this happen? How could the people who were the apple of God’s eyes, and who were once favoured than nobody else on the planet and so blessed by God ever come to a position where they were to be put into slavery in Babylon? And he answered his own question in Jer. 10:23 and said “Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps”.
The reason we get into trouble is because we don’t lean on God, we do things our way. Nearly every problem that we have comes because we do things our way, we don’t listen to the voice of God, we don’t seek His direction, we lean on our own understanding. The only exception is persecution. “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12). You can be persecuted when you are leaning on God and doing everything God’s way. So, you could have some problems and some troubles and persecution but most of our troubles come from the fact that we are not leaning on God and hearing His voice and following His leadership.
Our feet need direction, else we would not know our way or how to walk in this dark world. And this is how tragedy comes. It’s because God did not create us to be self-directed. He wants us to lean on Him so He can direct our paths. God gave us that choice, He doesn’t force us; we are not robots. But God never created us to function independent of Him. And there are so many scriptures to support this: 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” (Pro. 3:5-6).