Learning To Lean – 4/22/18 AM

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Learning To Lean

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.



I. Leaning is a Picture of Deliverance – Song of Solomon 8:5

  • Song of Solomon 8:5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?


A. Notice the Picture

The wilderness here is a picture of a dry, desert, wasteland.

This is a great illustration of where we were when God found us.

I was in a dry, barren wasteland; no food, no water, no relationship with God.

I was lost, wandering around; hopeless and helpless. Alone and afraid.

But Someone came looking for me!

Someone cared enough and loved me enough to come searching for me!

  • Luke 19:10 For the son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


B. Notice the Place

Who is this that COMETH UP FROM… Notice my original state. I was low; I was down; I was at the bottom.

When God arrives on the scene, things always start looking up!

Some of you, when God found you, there was no place to go but up – you were on the bottom!

God scraped the bottom of the barrel, he delivered you from a horrible pit.


B. Notice the Posture

The leaning in this picture is a wonderful picture of my response to His rescue.

The leaning in this picture is an excellent picture of my desperate need for Someone to deliver me.

The leaning describes my weakness and inability to save myself; my complete need for God.

He didn’t drag me out of the pit; he didn’t kidnap me from the wilderness; He helped me get out.

I wanted out!  I needed to get out!  I was sick and tired of the dry, barren, wasteland.

He came to where I was, and He gave me the ability; the power, the strength to come up out of the wilderness!

       SEE John 1:13

  • 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
  • 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
  • 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

We need to learn to lean on Him because He found us in the muck and mire of this world, and pulled us out!


II. Leaning is a Picture of Desire – John 13:23; 21:20

  • John 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.
  • John 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?


Several times we see one of the disciples, named John, with a unique distinction.

Jesus had twelve disciples, and three of them are often called the “inner circle”.

Peter, James and John were known as the three that seemed to experience a little more than the others.

They were on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus when Abraham and Moses appeared.

They were the only three disciples allowed in the house when He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead.

They were the ones that would pull Jesus aside for additional questions and teaching.

But of the three, one was special; one stood out.

It was John. We know him as John the Beloved.

In several places we find him, sitting next to the Lord Jesus.

The Bible describes him as the one that “leaned on his bosom” at supper.

He was described in this manner in John 13, as well as in John 21.

I think it is significant to John because he was the author of this Gospel.

He had the choice of where to sit, and he chose to sit next to Jesus.

Both places, John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

We know that God is no respecter of persons.

So why did John refer to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved?”

I believe he felt the Lord had a special love for him, simply because he had a special love FOR the Lord.


That’s how relationship with God works. Notice how James put it:

  • James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

David said it like this.

  • Proverbs 8:17 I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

Jesus said it best:

  • John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.


The leaning on the bosom of Jesus by John was a demonstration of his intense desire to know Jesus better.

We need to LEARN TO LEAN on Him. We need to be motivated to know Him better and draw closer to Him.


III. Leaning is a Picture of Dependence – Proverbs 3:5

  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.


AV-lean 9, stay 5, rely 4, rest 3, lieth 1; 22

to lean on, trust in, support; to lean, lean upon, support oneself


What is it about us that makes it so hard to lean on the Lord?

What is it about us that makes us lean on our own understanding, in spite of the fact that constantly get it wrong?

Have you notice that no matter how limited our understanding is, that is still our default position.

Why can’t we learn to lean on the Creator?

Why can’t we learn to lean on the one that is Omniscient, Omipotent and Omnipresent??

What is about man that makes us hesitate to lean on Him and we’d rather lean on our own understanding??


We need to learn how to be dependent upon Him.

He loves it when we lean on Him!

He loves it when we trust Him.

In fact – without faith, it is impossible to please God.


Conclusion: Have you learned to lean on Him?

Have you ever leaned on Him for Deliverance? Are you still in the wilderness??

Have you learned to lean on Him out of a Desire to draw closer; to hear His heartbeat?

Have you learned to lean on Him out a knowledge of your complete Dependence upon Him?