Took a few days off for the holiday…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body. (Proverbs 3:5-8 NRSV)
+ “And” in verses 5 and 6 suggest more a causality than a conjunction only: do what is in part A and B will follow
+ There is also a contrast in 3:5 — trusting in the Lord is in contrast to reliance on one’s own insight. Similarly in verse 6 there is an implied contrast between the ways and paths of those who acknowledge God and those who do not.
+ “Trust” is about leaning on, depending on for protection and help. “Heart” is often thought of as meaning “mind, will, emotions”
+ “Acknowledge” suggests an awareness of God’s presence in and working through all things.
Each day’s Scripture comes from a daily Bible reading plan (the Life Journal plan – link to it at the top of this blog) and therefore not picked by me at random. From that day’s readings comes the smaller selection quoted at the beginning of each post. I am stunned at times (like today) when the subject aligns so perfectly with what has happened this day or a question I have been pondering.
For me, I am pondering a big life decision and so these words from Proverbs are timely. In fact the last few days (and nights) were consumed with wrestling with this question. As is often the case, the Scriptures do not give me a simple solution but a way ahead (To be accurate, sometimes it is clear and simple what the Word tells me – it is not, however, always or even often easy). I don’;t have the answer to the question that weighs on my mind but I do have a reminder of how to proceed from here.
One of the words here that commands attention is “all.” It is not just in the big questions of life – but in all of them. Not just at dramatic turning points but at every turn of life’s journey. No question is beyond God’s wisdom or outside God’s care and concern.
Today’s words from Proverbs are a reminder to seek God’s will in every moment of life, in every decision, in every turn or crossroads.
God of Wisdom, I lean on you today. I give to you all of my conscious self – my mind, my will, my emotions. I will seek your presence and listen for your Spirit in every moment of this day and of this season of life. Make straight the path ahead that the road if not easy may be clear. And may I learn and grow minute by minute in your understanding as I learn to let you fill and redeem mine. Amen.