In All Your Ways …

Over the years, the Proverbs 3:5,6 passage has taken on a powerful meaning for me. I’d be a hypocrite, if I told you that I follow these verses religiously. My humanness often defaults to what “works” and the old college try.

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.
Proverbs 3:5,6 NASB

But our lives are so much more complex than we first might think. Each habit we form, each relationship we build, and each decision we make entangles and covers our soul, almost like those good ole kudzu vines we find here in Georgia. Laughable would it be to claim a mastery over kudzu by simply plucking off a few leaves or clipping a couple of vines from the mix.

As I think about this verse, one word that I zoom in on quickly is “all.” Trust in him with all your heart. In all your ways, acknowledge him. I believe more than ever that God wants us to take a holistic approach to life. Maybe holy approach would be a more appropriate expression. What I mean there is stopping short of simply dropping the spiritual into one convenient cubbyhole. Why not bring him into every cubbyhole you have? (I know—easier said than done)

I usually cling to this Proverb under the common or stereotypical conditions: sickness, depressed, down-and-out, desperate, tempted, confused, spiritually weak.

But what about the peachy-keen times—when things are going well? The small, everyday decisions. At work, when things really are working—and at home, and at play. Casual relationships—not just the formal. I tend to lean a lot less on him during the good times. Perhaps that is why he tells me to maintain an attitude of thanksgiving.

We could argue God is with us always, regardless. Changing us, molding us. In that case, most of this post is wagging the dog. Truth is: we have the calvary (or Calvary) by our side, everywhere we go. Maybe we just need a little nudge or a little shaking to crack open the eyes of our new self.

I know I do.

How about you? What do you think the Proverbs 3:5,6 passage is telling us?

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3 Responses to In All Your Ways …

  1. Pingback: In All Your Ways … | A disciple's study

  2. hmatlock says:

    Scott, I like your take on this scripture (one of my favorites, by the way). I think you’re spot on in that “all” really does mean *all*.

    In my study of the scripture, I found that the word interpreted as “straight” can be better interpreted as “right, pleasant, prosperous.” So our acknowledgment of the Lord in all facets of our lives is not an inconvenience to us, but rather serves to benefit us throughout the course of our lives.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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