Trusting God One Step at a Time
God Will Direct My Path as I Acknowledge Him
by J.M. Troppello
Having implicit trust in God is something that comes throughout a lifetime of walking with the Lord. It’s a day-by-day journey. It’s a journey that I am still on. If you’re a believer, you’re still on that journey too.
Charles H. Spurgeon said, “Faith always sees the rainbow of covenant promise whenever sense sees the cloud of affliction.” That’s a beautiful word picture. Many times, my senses see the problems around me. However, with my spiritual eyes, I can see God’s rainbow of covenant promise.
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.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, NKJV)
Proverbs 3:5-6 was one of the first Scripture passages that I memorized when I got saved years ago. I’ve recited it to myself many times in the ensuing years. I’ll admit that sometimes these two verses have become so familiar to me that I’ve failed to realize how much power they can give to a person whose heart is truly open.
The end result of these two verses is that God will direct your paths. However, how do you get that result? There are three specific things you need to do in order to receive that direction from God.
Trust – If you want God’s guidance, you need to trust God with all your heart.
Lean Not – Don’t trust solely in your own understanding and wisdom.
In All Your Ways – Acknowledge God in everything that you do each day.
When you do those three things, you open the door for God to direct your path. According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “The words trust in the Lord echo the commands of Deut. 6:5 to love God with all our being. The verb trust is complimented by the verb ‘lean.’ Trusting in God is a conscious dependence on God, much like leaning on a tree for support. The idea is reinforced here by the command to acknowledge Him, which means to observe Him and get to know Him in the process of living. In doing so, a person finds time and time again that God smooths our paths.”
When you think about that – trusting God with all your being – how would you rate your ‘trust factor’? For me, I’ve grown in this area through the years. I trust God more now than I did as a younger Christian.
I love that statement from the TNSB that trusting God is a conscious dependence on God, much like leaning on a tree for support. Not only do you need to take that first step to trust in the Lord, but you also need to take that second step to lean on God and not on your own understanding.
That conscious dependence on God must continue with acknowledging Him in all your ways. That means in all parts of your life – body, soul, and spirit. I know I haven’t acknowledged God in all those areas of my life. Dissecting these two verses has definitely given me a lot to think about.
Are you trusting God with all your heart? Are you leaning on Him and not your own understanding? Are you acknowledging Him in all your ways?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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