Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
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Two words in this passage are especially significant- the words "ways" and "acknowledge."
The Word "ways" (Hebrew derek) means "a road, a course, or a mode of action. It suggests specific opportunities a person may encounter on a recurring basis. The most common "segment of opportunity" we experience regularly is each new day. It is as if the passage suggests that in all our "days" we should acknowledge God, and in so doing He will direct our paths.
Of equal significance is the word "acknowledge" (Hebrew yada). Elsewhere yada' is translated "know", meaning to know by observation, investigation, reflection, or firsthand experience. But the highest level of yada' is in "direct, intimate contact." This refers to life-giving intimacy, as in marriage. Applied to a spiritual context, it suggests an intimacy with God in prayer that conceives and births blessings and victories. We might conclude that if in all our "days" we maintain yada' (direct, intimate contact with God), God promises to direct our paths toward fruitful, life-begetting endeavors.
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