Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. | Proverbs 3:5-6
I was sitting on my bed trying to figure out some things that I went through last year, and every time I would think on that it would take my temperament in another direction. It would "dial me down" so to speak. Then I heard the Holy Spirit say, "Every time you think on that it robs you of your joy." When I heard God speak that I was reminded of Proverbs 3:5-6, leaning not on our own understanding. For most Christians, this scripture is all too popular and sometimes we quote things that we really have not yet to understand until the Holy Spirit breaths on His word. When God breaths on something, it then becomes ALIVE; it's like God turning a lightbulb on in a dark area so that we can see.
Proverbs 3:5 does not impose that we don't have the right to ask "how?" or "why?". Many people believe in the assumption that we are not to question God. That assumption is totally wrong and it isn't scriptural. In fact, the scripture in this proverb imposes upon us that we should acknowledge God who then brings DIRECTION. Acknowledging God on a matter can come in the form of a question or simply talking to God about something. Oftentimes scriptures are packed like grocery bags that we must unpack and place into mathematical equations to see the answer. Let's "unpack" Proverbs 3:5 and put it in a simple mathematical formula:
1. Trust God
2. Don't lean more towards self
3. Acknolwedge God in this way, that way, and that way(on every turn)
4. Direction comes to my pathway
Notice that #4 is the answer as a result of 1-3. When we do the first three steps then we leave room for the Lord to bring us direction in what we don't yet understand. Clarity comes when we stop or acknowledge God because now you give God the opportunity to meet you on your pathway. When we lean towards self, we actually begin to take ourselves out of the realm of peace and joy and then we become an open-target to be preyed upon. See, a pathway is a WALKWAY; and every time we try to figure out EVERYTHING without the direction of God we get STUCK. The Lord says that this is a major reason why people are frustrated with life or turn and walk away from their "pathway" because they tried to figure out something that they didn't acknowledge God on. When we acknowledge God He causes us to keep moving so that we don't get stuck in the "how?" or "why?" zones!
Whatever you are contemplating today, know that the answer will come! God is going to bring you direction as you acknowledge Him! He will do it! Ask the Holy Spirit to help you dial into His Word and fresh revelation is going to come to you in an amazing new way.