“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.”
~Proverbs 3:5-6 (NRSV).
It’s bound to be a great encouragement to learn that acknowledgement—as both a concept and method—is a thing that both confounds and controls the entire world, proving God’s utter dominion.
Acknowledgement is truth. It’s meeting truth. It’s dealing in truth, choosing for it.
It is the preset of honesty and the willingness to see, hear and believe in truth.
To Be Bold or to Not Be Bold – Is That the Question?
There’s nothing wrong with a quiet belief in God, but there is much gain to be had in living in acknowledgement. This is nothing about spruiking of God left, right and centre.
Instead it’s about personifying the truth in all we do. Consequently, acknowledgement most majestically has its way with us and it is foreboding in our provision.
“To be bold or not be bold” is not really the right question. “To acknowledge or not acknowledge,” then, is the right question.
Going Against the Grain of Our Default
Of course, it’s here we start to recognise the gaps in our own levels of acknowledgement. We’re ever so hard on ourselves at times. But we needn’t stay in our default or get derailed to the burden of our pasts anchored there.
Acknowledging God is about acknowledging the truth all throughout life. It’s living obediently. And though we cite plenty of examples where we’ve not done this so well, God’s simply interested—for us—in our futures.
The rubber has to hit the road at some point.
Truth becomes humility when we exemplify acknowledgement, and this really does need to infiltrate our deeper lives.
For a moment’s embarrassment or shame we shake off the shackles of guilt in a godly sleight of hand.
As we refuse to rely on our own insight, and more fully approach a God-imbued insight, we realise the blessings of living according to the actual design of life.
This is a concept that the world battles with; it cannot fully grasp it. The world belongs to acknowledgement and it cannot escape this wisdom of God’s. It’s inherent to life; a cord of grace prewired into the destiny of all creation.
Our acknowledgement of the power vested in acknowledgement is to us blessing.
It is a pure and simple, albeit very powerful, idea.
It is rather easy now to know just why we can overcome the world in our alignment with God, despite the refusal of the world to go God’s way. (See John 16:33.)
For this, so far as a manner of living is concerned, the Christian way is a distinct and comprehensive advantage as we learn to lead in love.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.