Sunday, May 26, 2019
“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.” (Proverbs 3:5&6) Another way of saying this is; Trust God, and know Him intimately, acknowledge Him in all that you do, and He will make a clear way before you. Being devoted to God involves giving daily of yourself, your possessions, your thoughts, your heart, and your decisions to the Lord. It implies a continuous intimacy with God – of knowing and being known by Him. We are in warfare with our faith.
There are two words in this passage that are especially significant – the words “ways” and “acknowledge.” The word “ways” means “a road, a course, or a mode of action.” It suggests specific opportunities a person may encounter on a recurring basis. The most common “segment of opportunity” we experience regularly is each new day. It is as if this passage suggests that in all our “days” we should acknowledge God, and in so doing He will direct our paths.
Of equal significance is the word “acknowledge” and it tells us it is the highest level of direct knowledge. This refers to life-giving intimacy, as in marriage. Applied to a spiritual context, it suggest an intimacy with God in prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories.
Looking at these two words, we might conclude that if in all our “days” we maintain a direct, intimate contact with God, He promises to direct our paths toward fruitful, life-begetting endeavors.
You are loved, Pastor Don