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ALL YOUR WAYS? 020515

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.

Leaning on God.020215

In Proverbs 3: 5-6, Solomon says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him,  and He will direct your paths.”  Some versions, in the last line, say “and He will make your paths straight.”   It may just be semantics, but to me the first version is more all-encompassing, says more, covers more, has more depth and breadth, about what God does if we’ll trust Him and surrender to Him in all our ways.

This is my verse.  It expresses the essence of my understanding of what our relationship with God is all about.  My experience has been that even when I really try, when I really work hard at seeking the Lord’s Face, and work hard at trying to do what God wants me to, I still have things happen that I didn’t expect; things that at the time seem hard; hard to live with, hard to understand, hard to reconcile with my understanding of who God is, and who I am in Him.  But you know, our sight is so limited, we think ‘all my ways,’ is just what I expect,  what I think God wants for my life, for my family, my ministry, my country, my church.  Notice how minutely focused I am on my stuff?  A little myopic, ya think?  And maybe, once in a while, God has been thinking about somebody else.  Maybe He’s been spending a little time thinking, dare I say it, about you.  Heck, your life may require a little attention too.  In fact, you may think your life is as complicated as I think mine is.  It’s not all about me.

I just love this verse.  This really is my verse.  Maybe out of the whole Bible, this verse fits my situation best.  I really need, in all my ways, to trust the Lord.  Not just a little bit.  I need to throw myself at His feet and beg Him to keep on taking care of me, like He’s been doing from the beginning.  Every day I need to thank God for His overwhelming Mercy and ask Him to keep on giving it to me; and tell Him I’m trusting Him to keep on doing it, because otherwise, I’m sunk.