Proverbs 3:5-6 are probably one of the most loved and quoted verses in the Bible.
––Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.––
Isn’t that a precious principle? But, unfortunately, this is an easy principle to take out of the context it was written in scripture.
This 2 verse package was written smack dab in the middle of instructions on how to get wisdom. So this general principle goes something like this:
1. If you want wisdom for daily, righteous living you need to trust the Lord with everything that is in you…your whole heart. 2. And within that heart do not try to figure things out. Just trust. Don’t lean on what you think might be best, the right thing, the most logical. Forget about what you think. Lean into the Lord. 3. While you’re waiting, acknowledge and be aware of his presence around you and working in you. In every little thing. 4. Then, he will show you the path to take.
So gaining wisdom has 100% to do with not listening to ourselves and our own heart. I know that speaks against everything you hear these days. But we get it wrong when we listen to our own heart. God’s word says to lean not on what you understand, think, believe, assume. Instead, dig in deep to recognize what God is doing around you. Acknowledge him. Then he will direct you. And really––if you’re looking to make him known, it only makes sense that you will find him (because he’s not hiding––we just aren’t acknowledging him most of the time.)
Jeremiah 29:13 goes perfect with Proverbs 3:5-6:
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Our hearts need to be in a constant state of seeking God and acknowledging his presence all around us, so that we can find him and discover the paths he has for us. Discussion- How are you seeing God work around you today? Let's fill the comments section with ACKNOWLEDGING HIM!