Jun 30

Acknowledge Him???

Tag: GuidanceRLW3 @ 7:48 am

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; :6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.  Prov. 3:5-6

As we discussed earlier, one of the most important skills in life is the ability to recognize change and respond properly. Too many people refuse to recognize change. They live in the world as they think that it “should” be.

When we set out on a venture for the Lord and encounter difficult, confusing, contrary or conflicting circumstances, we are tempted to withdraw in unbelief because things did not turn out the way that we thought they would.

However, the Holy Spirit instructs us in the Scripture above to ” in all our ways acknowledge Him”. Keep in mind that this follows His admonition to “trust in the Lord” and His instruction to “lean not on our own understanding.” 

Acknowledge means “to accept or admit the existence of truth of.” (Put your mouse over the word ‘acknowledge’, right click, select “Look up in Dictionary” and you will see for yourself!) Is the Scripture instructing us to give God a spiritual tip of the hat, to just admit or accept that He is real? I do not think so.

The Hebrew word translated acknowledge means a bit more than admit or accepting the existence or truth of. The word is yada. It is the same word used in a very different context in Genesis.

Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain…  Gen. 4:1

As far as I know, it takes a little more than acknowledging our wife’s existence to produce a child! Clearly this is more than a passing acknowledgement.

It is an intimate word. Young’s Literal Translation renders this passage as “In all thy ways know thou Him.” We are to “know Him” in all of our ways. The Holy Spirit is directing us to follow Jesus example.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.   John 5:19

Every step along the way, we should hold the question in our heart: “Lord, is this what you want me to do?”

How can we be sure that we are making the right choice or doing the right thing? I don’t know that we can be absolutely certain. In the same passage where the apostle Paul declared that “we walk by faith, not by sight.” he expressed a realistic goal:

“Therefore we make it our aim…to be well pleasing to Him.”. (2 Cor. 5:9)

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