The Proverb Effect

This morning I came across a very familiar passage. I have quoted it for years, and I have used it as a tool to help others stay on track. But today, the passage became personal. For the first time the words leaped off the pages and proceeded to switch on the light bulb in my head. In a world that is completely lost, confused, and distracted by bad decisions; these verses give insight on how to find one’s way.

Proverbs 3:5,6 says “ Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.” According to scripture, if we desire our paths to be guided by our Creator, we must do three things:

1. Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Would you ever tell a secret to someone you did not trust? I’m almost certain that you would not, and choosing not to do so would make you wise. God works the same way. He shares all the good stuff with those who trust Him! To trust Him means we daily submit our all to Him. It means we give our complete allegiance to our God. He becomes first priority in our hearts and daily routine. We trade  in our fears, and yield to His sovereignty, wisdom, and love. God has no intentions of hurting us, and He will never leave us. To trust someone is a choice, and trusting our Creator would be a great choice to make.

2. Lean not to your own understanding. Here the author is encouraging us not to use our finite understanding to discern the ways of an infinite God. This life will bring things our way that will shake the logic loose in our minds. It is important that we do not lean on our logic, but we lean solely on our faith in Him. Our faith will keep us when logic fails us. We must surrender our human tendency to figure things out, and take rest in knowing the Omniscient One has already worked out our lives. As humans, we make decisions based off past knowledge and present circumstances. As God, He makes decisions based on His omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence. Today, let us choose to lean on His understanding and not our own.

3. Acknowledge God in all your ways. If we want Divine direction, we should daily acknowledge His presence in our lives. We must seek His heart as it pertains to relationships, business ventures, and etc. We cannot continue to go our own way; do our own thing; and suddenly demand He leads us once we are good and lost. We must daily decide to invite Him in everything we do and say. When we acknowledge Him, He takes pleasure in giving us the desires of our heart (Ps 37:4).

I cannot read these two verses without considering Deuteronomy 6:5 which says, “Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” Making a decision to love God in this manner will ensure we are walking in the way of the Divine. Psalms 37:23 says, “the steps of a righteous man are ordered by God..” Righteousness is a byproduct of us choosing to trust Him, believe Him, and acknowledge Him in all we do. I will admit initially it will seem like the hardest thing to do, but practice makes perfect. With God’s grace and every experience that He proves Himself faithful, it becomes easier to trust Him with every part of our lives. If we desire His direction, we must make room for His presence. Today, choose to make room for Him. You will not regret it.

Dear God,

In a world that pulls me in every direction, help me to move only towards you. Forgive me for trusting my own way, and help me trust in You more. I repent for acknowledging everything and every one except you. I thank you Lord that today begins a renewed relationship with You. By your grace I will trust You more, believe You more, and acknowledge You more than ever before in Jesus name, Amen!

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