Do not lean on your own understanding

Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

In March 1994, a miracle happened in my life.

During my job interview process, I sat alone in the human resources office as I was filling out an application. I paused when a question asked me about my status. I knew I had to choose ‘Married’ or ‘Single’.

I was a foreign student without a residence or citizenship status. If I chose ‘Married’, then I would move to the next line to tell the company that my wife was a US citizen, and they would know that I could legally work in the country, but I would have lied because I had not been married yet. If I chose ‘Single’, they would probably reject my application.

Down deep within my heart, I knew that I would sin against the Lord if I lied. I also believed that if it was God’s will for me to have that job, I would get it no matter what was in His way. With these thoughts in mind, I decided to choose ‘Single’ and let God do the rest according to His own will.

Two weeks later, the company interviewed me again, and on the same day they offered me the job.

One day as I was working in the office, my manager stopped by my cubicle and told me something beyond my expectations…

“Hey, Dicky,” he said to me. “Right after I gave you the job offer, I thought about your work status. Then I immediately rushed to the human resources to check your application. I was relieved when I saw that you marked ‘Married’.”

My eyes widened as I smiled. He did not realize that it was God who worked behind the scenes.

5 Responses to Do not lean on your own understanding

  1. Honesty is the best policy!

  2. Yun says:

    God often works in unexpected (and miraculous) ways!

  3. Susan Michaels says:

    This scripture passage, Prov. 3: 5, 6 was shared with me in my teens by a pastor, before I committed my life to Christ in my 20s. It is one of my most beloved scriptured because it speaks of 100% giving it all to God and placing 100% of our trust in Him. Wow! And I need to keep it close to my heart again as I am praying for work, so this made me smile! Great article! 🙂

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