In Proverbs 3:6, we read “seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take” (NLT). One of the first things we can note is the verse speaks about “all your ways” or “all you do,” which is very easy to understand. ALL. ALL YOU DO. Everything. Completely everything. In all things, in all ways, in all that is done—we acknowledge Him. The “ways” speaks of journey, road, way or manner. The verse basically says in ALL of the journey, we acknowledge Him. We should spend our entire journey through life to point to Him.
So what does acknowledge mean? The translation is “to know,” or “consider,” or “announce,” “make known,” or “indicate.” We can only consider and know Jesus if we seek Him in all things and at all times. This seeking, is to seek to know Him in all—to draw Him into each situation. It means we acknowledge Him along the journey, in every step along the journey. It speaks of fellowship, an intimacy with God.
Today, remember to acknowledge that God is here with you—that He is right with you in your current situation. He is present. Draw Him into the situation. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in new and awesome ways. Ask Him to help you to see Him, to feel His presence, to grow closer to Him. As you continue to trust Him and draw near to Him, He will lead you down the straight path—a path that leads to joy, peace, and everlasting life.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6 [ESV]
We don’t understand the word prosperity as we should. We always like to define words with our own human perspective, so we see prosperity as something that helps us to prosper in a way we think it would be best to prosper. In Job 22:21-22, Eliphaz told Job to “submit to God…” and by doing this, “prosperity will come to you.” But when we read this, we consider the prosperity as something we would like to have or as something we see Job later get when God answers in the last chapter. That is not what prosperity is all about and until we understand the true meaning of prosperity, we won’t grasp the true peace of God.
We can be prosperous—we can be rich toward God—and yet not have a large bank account or own a house. We can be prosperous without having everything come very easy in our lives. It is an error to believe that because we believe in God and because we call ourselves Christians, that it means we will receive wealth and good health here on earth. At times that type of prosperity comes late in life or we will see it with the resurrection.
Eliphaz was right about many things. We should submit to God. We should accept His commands. We should have His words on our heart. But we need to consider true prosperity. Prosperity is very different from what the world considers. We also need to understand that some of the promises of God will come much later than we would think. All of His promises will come to be, but everything will occur in His timing.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you. Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.” – Job 22:21-22