I had the pleasure of attending Ladies’ Conference here at Capernwray Harbour in the Spring. One of the points that our speaker shared about was guidance. We want to know God’s ways, but how do we go about it? Proverbs 3:5-8 sheds light on this:
“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 your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.”
So here it is:
1. First of all, in all my ways I need to acknowledge Him.
2. Then He will make my paths straight (NASB) (or direct my path (NIV) )
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word acknowledge as: “to recognize the rights, authority, or status of “
If I desire for God to guide me, I first need to recognize His rights, authority and status in my life. What does that look like?
I need to acknowledge that He exists. “Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.“ 1 Corinthians 8:6
It sounds so obvious, but if I don’t even believe there is a God, then it makes no sense to be asking Him for help or guidance.
I need to acknowledge that He has all authority over my life. “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.“ James 4:7