Self Denial by Jobin Daniel
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these. things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:33. It doesn’t make sense in the worldly way of thinking that we will be successful if we focus on God’s kingdom first. If we want to get good in wisdom and understanding, we read books or watch intellectual videos. If we want to have a good career, we work hard in that field. This is not to say that we need to do these things, but the verse doesn’t add up when compared to how we get things done in earth. When Solomon asked God for wisdom and understanding, God granted him the answer to the prayer. Solomon's mind was expanded through Gods intervention. Solomon didn’t spend all of his years studying at an institution to get his prayers answered. The blind and the lame in the New Testament didn’t go to a hospital or seek help from a medic to have themselves healed. They went to Jesus. Our own understanding tells us to do things on our strength and rely on worldly measures. Even in that mindset, God wants us to deny the way we think. We must deny that we know how things work, because we will never fully comprehend. I believe that there’s a denying that can happen in the mind. Most of us can be trapped in our understanding and wisdom. God wants us to deny that way of thinking and follow His.