In Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”
So what does it mean? ‘In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths?’ ‘All your ways’ means ALL. All your hopes, all your dreams, all your desires; all your heartaches, all your frustrations, all your disappointments; job, school, church politics; the dance on Friday night; on your wedding day; when your kid dies; this is about your momma and your daddy, your brothers and sisters, your friend that’s closer than a brother; your husband and your wife; your kids, the good ones and the ones that went astray; for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, forever. Sounds like getting married? It is, except more so. This doesn’t just last till ‘death do us part’. It’s forever.
I’ve looked up ‘acknowledge’ in the dictionary, and it is defined as “1] to admit to be real or true; recognize the existence, truth, or fact of: 2] to show or express recognition or realization of: [as in, “Oh, I get it!”]; 3] to recognize the authority, validity, or claims of: 4] to show or express appreciation or gratitude for.
Hebrews 11:6 says, in part, “anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” “Acknowledge Him” then, must mean to admit that God is real and true, to recognize His authority; and be glad for what He’s done; He will reward you by telling you where to go and what to do, and He’ll take care of you when you mess up. He’ll direct your paths.