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Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 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
History Behind These Verses
These verses are found in the book of Proverbs. The Hebrew word for proverb means “comparison, similar, or parallel. The ideas found in Proverbs relate directly to this definition by comparing the ways of wisdom to the ways of foolishness. Throughout Proverbs, we are told that the way of wisdom will lead to life and the way of foolishness will lead to destruction and death.
The key word in the Book of Proverbs is “wisdom,” meaning: the ability to live life skillfully. To live a godly life in an ungodly world, is rather difficult sometimes. Solomon, the author of many of the Proverbs, knew how difficult life could be. As a way to help guide other believers, he documented his wisdom. During his lifetime it is said that he authored over 3,000 wisdom statements. Some of Solomon's God-given wisdom statements were placed in the Bible by the Holy Spirit Himself. The Holy Spirit wants these proverbs to help guide each one of us even today. This wisdom do not expire!
If you spend time reading and studying the book of Proverbs as a whole, you will find that Solomon provides us with knowledge and Godly instruction for every area of our lives: our children, our parents, our work, our money, our free time, etc. Basically any advice we need is found in this very important book of the Bible.
Our scripture for this week, Proverbs 3: 5-6, encourages us to follow the way of wisdom. In other words, we should be familiar with what God would want us to do in any situation that we may encounter. One of the best ways to actually walk in wisdom is to actually study the book of Proverbs and apply what we learn to our everyday lives.
There are necessary steps that one must follow to gain Godly wisdom. First a person must acquire KNOWLEDGE by studying God's Word. Second, that person must apply that acquired knowledge to fitting situations in their lives. There is a process to gain wisdom. One must actually DO what they have learned! It does no good to read and study God's Word if we are not going to apply what we learn to our lives!
Knowing the Bible but not APPLYING its wisdom to our lives would be just plain silly! It would be like studying for years to become a master chef, then choose to serve your dinner guests spam sandwiches!!! Unless a master chef puts his/her culinary knowledge to use, it is simply wasted knowledge!
the Hebrew word for “acknowledge” (yada) means to get to know someone by observing, reflecting and experiencing that person.....
SO... in order to to acknowledge God we must know Him. To really KNOW Him we must spend time with Him each and every day. This Bible Stories From the Heart Bible Study is a perfect way to help us with this. Spending time each day closely observing scripture and reflecting on key words is helping us learn so much more about the character of God. We are not rushing through our daily reading. Instead, we are allowing the Word of God to soak into our hearts! As this continues to happen, our relationship with Our Heavenly Father will deepen. As our relationship grows, it will become even easier to truly acknowledge Him!
The more we acknowledge Him the more we will truly believe that HE really does know best!!! :)
Connection To Our Lives
When we acknowledge someone we are in essence letting them know how important they are to us. We are showing them that we value and respect their opinion, and that we deeply appreciate all that they do for us.
I am sure many of us know how terrible it feels to be overlooked or even ignored by the people we care about. As bad as this makes us feel, imagine how it must hurt God when we do the same towards Him!
No one on this earth has or will ever love you us much as God does! He is so devoted to us. He cares so deeply for each one of us. He loves us so much that He had is only begotten Son die for us!!!
I bet none of the people we normally turn to for advice has done that for us!
So, why in the world is it so easy for us to follow the advice of other people instead our Heavenly Father?
Why are we so quick to ignore God's wisdom and guidance?
Let's make this our prayer for today:
Dear Heavenly Father, I know deep in my heart that you love me more than I will ever be able to fathom. Please help me to trust you more! Please forgive me for not always acknowledging Your love and direction for my life. Please forgive me for following advice in my past that has led me away from you. I have learned that if I want to stay close to you I need to follow the path you have for me. Please help me learn to be more dependent on you. Help me learn to be more obedient to your voice. Thank you for always wanting what's best for me. I LOVE and NEED you desperately!