I woke up at 4:00 a.m. with the word “acknowledge” running through my mind. (Lately, 4:00 a.m. seems to be the time the Lord desires to meet with me.) Yesterday, I met with a dear sister in the Lord for coffee. While we were talking and sharing the Word together, a gentleman came up and spoke to us about faith, trust, and rest and quoted Proverbs 3:5-6. Most of us can recite Proverbs 3:5-6 off the top of our heads, but there is a word in the midst of these verses that I believe we have overlooked, and he brought it to my attention yesterday, and the Lord has something for us to hear concerning the word, “acknowledge”.
“Trust in the Lord with all you heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Do you believe that God, Father in heaven, is all knowing, all seeing, all wise, and all present? Do you believe that He will never leave you nor forsake you? Do you believe that God is who He says He is? If you answered yes to these questions, than this word is for you- “acknowledge”. The word acknowledge is defined, “to see, perceive, understand and recognize”. Do we see, perceive, understand and recognize God in every aspect of our days?
We can go about our days without much thought of God. We do our devotions in the morning, we read His Word, go to church, serve, do all that things that we know are right to do, yet we fail to see, understand, perceive and recognize God in the midst of it all. Do we go into our days with our eyes wide open, with eager anticipation to see God? I know I haven’t, but I am beginning to see Him everywhere and in the midst of everything.
The writer of Proverbs tells us that we are to trust the Lord with all our heart. We are to fully rely upon God in every area of our life, our thoughts, our hopes, our dreams, you name it, and we are to trust Him with it. Then, we are to lean not on our own understanding, and lastly we are to acknowledge Him in all our ways. There is not one area of our life that the Lord God is not working in or through. We can go through our day without seeing God at all, yet He is there, waiting to show you and reveal Himself to you in the midst of every circumstance of your life.
God is calling us today to see Him, not as we have previously seen, but with fresh eyes, with eternal eyes. We focus on the temporary things of this world, and forget to acknowledge His hand and His love in the midst of our everyday lives. Look around you, see and recognize God at work in your life. There is nothing hidden, there is nothing that He has held back from you- He is speaking to you continuously. No matter where we go, no matter what we do, the paths that we take in this life are not shocking to God. He knows your thoughts before you think them, He sees your beginning from your end, and He takes great pleasure in being a part of the very breath you breathe.
Isaiah 45:2-3 tells us that the Lord God will go before us, He will make the crooked ways straight, and He will make the paths that we take to be full of His glory. “I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gate of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places. That you may know that I am the Lord, who calls you by your name, and the God of Israel.” That we may know that He is the Lord, in every detail and moment that we are here on the earth.
The Lord God goes before you, no matter what path you take, no matter what road you happen upon, no matter where He leads, He is before you, making the way straight, breaking into pieces the obstacles that stand in His way. He is the light in the darkness, the hope to the hopeless and He wants to reveal Himself to us in every aspect and circumstance of our lives. Instead of looking with our human eyes, let us begin to look for and seek God in every detail of our days. “I have prepared this day for you with the most tender concern and attention to detail. Instead of approaching the day as a blank page that you need to fill up, try living it in a responsive mode, being on the lookout for all that I am doing.” (Sara Young, Jesus Calling)
The Lord God wants to reveal Himself working and living in you through the very details of the day. There is nothing that can happen to you that He has not already worked out, planned out and He has already made straight the path you are to take. Seek to see Him in the midst of it all. Focus not on the circumstances you find yourselves in, but rather, focus on the One who is making it all work together for your good. (Romans 8:28) The lady speaker at the last Women’s retreat I attended gave the example of holding a penny up to the sun. If you hold up a penny to the sun, the only thing you can see is the penny. The same goes for us when we seek to see only what is happening to us and not focus on the true Son who wants and desires to show you who He is in the midst of all your troubles.
Perhaps that is why James wrote to us to “count it all joy brethren, when you fall into various trials,” (James 1:2) because James knew and understood that he would see God in the midst of the trials if he acknowledged His presence throughout. We must trust in the Lord, we must not lean upon our own understanding and we must acknowledge, see, perceive and recognize God in the midst of it all. I just want to encourage you today to seek to see God in every aspect of you day. Listen for His voice as the wind blows through the trees. Open your eyes to His creation, which cries out daily for His glory. Instead of focusing on the temporal, let us begin to focus on the eternal and seek to SEE and ACKNOWLEDGE the God who makes all things possible, and works them out on our behalf. For there is nothing He will not do, no valley He will not cross, no ocean too big, no mountain to tall, to get to you.
Open our eyes today Lord to see you and to acknowledge you in every detail of this day. May we no longer look with eyes of flesh, but with the newness of vision that is only received when we place our trust in You, the author and finisher of our faith. May we open the eyes of our hearts to see you, Jesus, in everything, in the details and even in the glory of Your creation. To You be glory and honor and praise forever and ever. Amen and Amen.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9F4hP2AZAw) Worship song- “Open the Eyes of My Heart”- Maranatha Music