God’s Ways & Our Own Ways

A Meditation on Proverbs 3:5-6

For two to three years now I have used Proverbs 3:5-6 as a bedtime blessing for my children.  I don’t use the same blessing every night, but I use this one a lot.  It goes like this, “may you trust in the Lord with all your heart, may you not lean on your own understanding, but may you acknowledge God in all of your ways, and may He make your path straight.”  These verses fly in the face of worldly wisdom.  The world tells us to trust ourselves; God tells us to trust Him.  The world says follow your heart; God tells us folly is bound up in the heart of a child.  The world says do whatever you want; God says acknowledge Him.  These two verses give us persevering power to defend against one of the enemies of our soul, the world and its ‘wisdom.’

The stories of both the Old and New Testament are filled with individuals who struggled with this very choice: trust the Lord or trust the world.  God didn’t ask Abraham, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  Instead God moved and instructed him where to go and what to do.  We today have become so institutionalized by our modern society that we have lost the sense of God’s leading.  When you think of your children or grandchildren do you ask ‘what does God want for their life?’ or ‘what do they want for their life?’  Just a few words can communicate how vastly different a godly worldview is.  As I speak this blessing over my children, I am keenly aware that they are prone to lean on their own understanding, as am I.  I am also aware that I need to point them Godward, so that they learn to acknowledge Him in all their ways.  There is a sobering thought: do we acknowledge God in all our ways?  The promise of a straight path is given to those who acknowledge God in all their ways.  I don’t know about you but I want to take hold of that promise.  As we look forward to a new year, may we resolve to acknowledge God in all our ways.

Happy New Year!
– Pastor Corey Mitchell

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