There is always a process when it comes to God. We can see it laced all throughout the scriptures with what He does with His people & what Jesus did with His ministry while He was on earth. For many of us, we try to chase after God’s hand instead of chasing after His heart. I have been there many times in my life where I was blinded by a pursuit after what God promised instead of chasing after the Promiser and letting it happen on His timing.

        Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And do not lean on your own understanding.

        In all your ways acknowledge him,

And he will make straight your paths. [1]

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV

            Trusting in the Lord is always a necessity when it comes to wise living throughout the Proverbs. We can see this truth echoed throughout and is even closely connecting to truly fearing Him. The requirement of it being “with all your heart” means it going beyond human intellect and logic. Requiring it to show a truly deep need for God and give us the confidence with what His word says. Not leaning on our own understanding continues to echo truly trusting in the Lord and not within what WE can understand it as. Throughout the OT and the NT we can see where people trusting in their own understanding only caused confusion and frustration. Another aspect of Trusting in the Lord is us all looking towards His glorious return and His salvation.[2]

            “In all your ways acknowledge Him” has multiple meanings when it comes to a Christian’s lifestyle. We must remember that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses[3] so constant acknowledgment of Him is pivotal to an impactful life. This will also help the believer to allow God to “make straight your paths” by constantly reminding ourselves of what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do to those that are faithful. This is a major requirement when it comes to continuing on the path that God has for all of us because of the immense distraction to get us to stray off course. It is a continual progress towards a goal and in the Proverbs puts a major emphasis on our morality.

            Where you are at today, always remember that our lives should be pointing towards Him. We should be such an incredibly loving community that trust in God with all of our ways & it should show the world that we are different. Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [4]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Pr 3:5–6). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[2] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Acts 16:31). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[3] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Hebrews 12:1). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[4] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 13:34–35). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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