True faith is trusting the sovereign God even when we don’t understand.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 NIV
If you visit Italy, you will want to visit one of the most recognized buildings in that country, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The bell tower is 183.27 ft on the low side and 186.2 ft. on the high side. Construction on the tower began in 1178 and began to lean as they added the second story in 1178.
One theory for the 3.99 degree tilt is that the original architects intended for the tower to lean. However, most believe (and modern experts agree) that the reason the architecturally beautiful tower leans is that the three meter foundation is inadequate to support the weight. Over the years, the soil settled resulting in the very visible slant.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans because it is resting, leaning on an unsure foundation.
Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) Whenever we trust, rest, depend upon or lean only into our own understanding of any issue, we are in danger of putting all of our weight on an unstable foundation. The end result will be a definite tilt or shakiness to our lives.
The alternative to “being wise in our own eyes” is to trust, depend upon, rest on, lean into the wisdom of God. As we acknowledge, God in EVERY area of our lives, we become stable, upright and don’t need to fear that we will crumble.
We can never be our own foundation. Only God and His Wisdom can be our underpinnings. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.( Isaiah 33:6 NIV)
Forgive me for the many times I have leaned on my own understanding and have not acknowledged You and your truth in my life. May my grandsons learn to not depend upon their own intelligence and understanding, but to lean totally upon you. When faced with problems and important decisions may they open your word and find there all the wisdom and guidance that they need. May their foundation be strong, deep and sure. Guide and direct their paths.
Think and Do
1. Mistakes That Worked by Charlotte Jones and John Obrien is a fun book that kids will enjoy about accidental discoveries and inventions like brown-n-serve rolls and coca-cola. The chapter on The Leaning Tower of Pisa will give you an opportunity to introduce the topic of the importance of foundations.
2. When have you failed to acknowledge God in your decision making with disastrous results? How could you have leaned on God’s wisdom rather than your own understanding? How would the outcome have been different?