June 24, 2019 by directorfsm
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 [a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
Trusting in the Lord, sounds simple doesn’t it, but how many times do we find ourselves in a situation we wish we were not in, that we have to acknowledge we had failed to trust in the Lord and instead had relied on our own insight or understanding?
Maybe it was because we thought (wrongly) it was just a small issue and we didn’t need to bother God with something so insignificant. In all your ways know if we really know God, we know nothing is too burdensome for Him. Both the OT Psalm 55:22 and NT Matthew 11:28-29 along with many other verses make this abundantly clear.
To acknowledge God and to pray always are to be in alignment with one of Christ’s most basic principles, a principle found in Matthew 6:33—to “seek first the kingdom of God“ in all things. Praying always is stepping out in faith, believing that if we seek God first, He will add all the things we need (Philippians 4:19), including the strength to overcome, to finish this journey, and to enter His Kingdom.¹
In all thy ways acknowledge him,…. Or “know him”; the Lord: set him before thee; have him always in view; consider him as ever present with thee, observing every step thou takest; and take not one step without his leave, and without his advice; ask wisdom of him who gives liberally; consult his word, and make the Scriptures thy counsellors, or the men of thy counsel, as in Psalm 119:24; take him as your guide; observe the footsteps of his providence; follow the Lamb wheresoever he goes; walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit; when things go cross and adverse, and not to your mind, submit to his sovereignty; and be still and know that he is God, that does all things right, for his own glory and his people’s good, Psalm 46:10; and when things succeed, give him the glory of all; own his hand in it, and the bounty of it; acknowledge that all you have, in providence and grace, come from him;
and he shall direct thy paths; man cannot direct his own; no, not a man: this is a blessing from the Lord; who steps of his people, keeps the feet of his saints, and directs them aright in things temporal and spiritual, Jeremiah 10:23.