This week God has been reminding me that not only do I need to trust in Him to do what He says He will do, but that I also need to remember to acknowledge Him in all that I do.
Webster’s dictionary defines “acknowledge” as follows: to accept or admit the existence or truth of. So if the Bible tells us to acknowledge God in all our ways so that He can direct our paths, that tells me that if in fact we proclaim to “trust” in Him, that we would display that “trust” by acknowledging his presence in every aspect of our lives. So what does that look like on a daily basis?
For me, its when I pray for a new job, acknowledging that God is Lord of my life, and committing what I want into His hands, but at the same time asking Him to show me what His will for my life is. In other words, “God, I want to work in education and instructional design so please direct me to a position where my skills can be utilized, but if there is something else you want me doing instead, please show me and direct me accordingly.”
Its letting God know my concerns about my child’s schooling and instead of trying to figure it out all on my own, acknowledging His sovereignty over my life, and asking Him to help me make the right decision.
Instead of just going out and buying a much needed new vehicle, its acknowledging God as provider of all things, and asking Him to direct me to the right dealership, with the best price as opposed to purchasing the car of my dreams that I really can’t afford.
Its praying that He directs me in my dating life, instead of setting my own standards of what I want in a mate, and holding the sins and betrayal of my ex against everyone who expresses interest in me.
For you, it could be a decision of whether or not to go back to school, to buy a house, to get married, to have kids right now, to relocate to another state, to switch careers, to invest in your own business, to donate to a charity, to choose a church to fellowship in, picking a new doctor/dentist, choosing the best diet, or the restructuring of your budget. Whatever the decision/choice is you have to make, the point is, too often we forget to include God in our decision making process. The beauty of our relationship with Him, is that He is always there, but we don’t utilize our relationship with Him half as much as we should.
This Proverbs 3:5-6 passage is one of many “promise” passages in Scripture. It plainly says to acknowledge Him in everything we do, and He shall direct our paths – guaranteed!…..according to the Mirror of God’s Word!
Imagine, just starting to trust and acknowledge Him in areas of your life where we usually don’t invite Him in! When we start to do this even just a little bit, watch God begin to direct our paths, leading us in ways we didn’t allow Him to before.
He’s already showing me, that my plan (which isn’t a bad or wrong plan) is not always His plan for my life. Although, that may sometimes be hard to swallow, the best part about God having a different plan for you than what you have planned for yourself, is that God’s plan is always the better plan!
“A truly valuable vision must have God in it.”
– John Maxwell