Following the Path of the Father
5)Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on you own understanding; 6)In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Saying that we trust God with our lips and trusting God with all our heart are two different things. Trusting God with all our heart means we fully trust Him, fully trust that he will take care of us and our circumstances, fully trust He knows the path we should take.
Here is an example that comes to mind that has important spiritual significance:
A young daughter is walking with her father on a path through a dark, spooky-looking and potentially dangerous woods. Although the young girl had never walked that particular path before, the father had traveled through the woods many times before and knew where all the paths led to. The little girl knew that her father knew the right path that would lead safely out of the woods. She knew her father was a very strong man and would protect her as long as she stayed near him. Therefore, she held tightly onto his hand as she fully trusted her life in her loving father's hands. She had no doubt in her father at all. Even when it was too dark to see the way, her father knew the path well and kept her walking in the right direction. As she expected her father brought her safely through the dark woods.
In order for God to direct our paths, we not only need to trust the Lord with all our heart, but also lean not on our own understanding. The way we think it should be done or the pathway we think we should take is not always the right way or God's desire way. Seek God's understanding in the matter. Lean on God's understanding through the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The last point I would like to make is that God wants us to acknowledge Him in all our ways, not just in one or two areas of our lives. Choosing to take one path or to stay on one particular path that God has directed you to get off of or to not even take it to begin with can significantly alter other paths that you need to take in the course of your life. Taking other roads to get you back on the one you should be on is often a rough journey and also takes extra time.
Questions to Ponder:
1. Are you fully and completely trusting your life or circumstance in your life in the hand's of God?
2. Are you leaning on God's understanding or on what you think is best (which is not always God's best choice) or what you want?
3. Have you submitted all areas of your life to God? Have you acknowledged Him in all your ways?
Forgive me for not fully trusting You. Forgive me for leaning on my own decisions, abilities, or understanding and not on Your understanding in this circumstance or area of my life. Forgive me for not acknowledging You in ALL areas of my life. As I submit to You in all areas of my life, I acknowledge that You are in control of every area of my life. You know the right path to take. I trust that You will lead me and are leading me down the correct path that You know is best. As I draw close to You and holding tightly Your mighty hand, You will keep me safe from all harm. As I trust and lean on You, I stand on Your Word that You are walking me through this dark-wooded time of my life. Thank You, God, for directing me, although I may not always see the way ahead of me. I praise You for giving me understanding according to Your will. I thank You for Your protective hand upon my life as I walk with You.
Other Related Scriptures to Study for the Week:
II Samuel 22:29-33