“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 path.”
How easy is it to catch ourselves in the busyness of life to walk right past the countless opportunities to do what Solomon instructs us to do here, “In all your ways acknowledge” or notice God in our daily lives? In order to “acknowledge” God literally means to recognize His authority and express genuine gratitude for who He is and all He has done for us as we go about our daily responsibilities. God’s desire has always been to be a part of every detail of our lives – even the ones that seem to be the least important or most miniscule. We tend to reason in our minds that God would surely be more interested in someone with much larger problems than the one’s on our path. But God’s word speaks to us a much different message here, “In all your ways acknowledge Him” – which also translates, “invite God into all of your circumstances.” Regardless of the size your circumstances appear to be, God is simply waiting to be more intimately involved in your life if you first acknowledge His authority to be Lord over your life, and secondly, with a heart of gratitude thank Him for the promise to walk with you.
So often we set out to conquer life’s struggles and to solve even our most difficult problems forgetting to acknowledge that God is with us, ever-present, all-knowing and simply waiting for us to invite Him in our direction. Practical applications for Solomon’s instruction here are praying and asking God to go before us throughout our day, trusting in His moment by moment presence with us in all situations, and thanking Him with gratitude at the end of each, day knowing it is God who has carried us through – acknowledging Him in all our ways. However, we must remember that learning to “acknowledge God in all our ways,” requires us to first “Trust in the Lord with all of our heart, and not lean on our own understanding,” because there is so much of life’s journey that we simply will not understand. But in those times we need not be so focused on finding answers, rather we have the opportunity to trust the Lord with our circumstances, allowing Him to “direct our path.”
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for the faith you have given us and the promise that if we trust You with all of our heart, surrendering our lives to You (not leaning on our own understanding), You will direct the path of our journey. Help us to look for opportunities to both see You and acknowledge You in all that we do. May we not be so focused on finding specific answers to life’s circumstances, but rather seek to draw nearer to You by faith and trust, understanding You are continually working in our lives ultimately for our good and Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.