Acknowledging God: A Devotional

I would like to start out by openly expressing that I am no Bible scholar.

I’m not a pastor.

I’m a girl striving to live like Jesus and one who fails every single day.

My hope is that as I share these thoughts and this little devotional, that you are encouraged to turn to scripture to dive in more. Please don’t let my few words suffice, the Lord speaks through people, but DANG, He has a way of captivating hearts through his word. Look there, please.

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The first Bible verse that ever jumped off of the page and wedged itself into the inner most parts of my heart was Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”

I wish I could tell you that from the second I heard this verse, my trust in the Lord was elevated and that from there on out the path the Lord set me on was smooth.

However, this would be a total and complete lie.

You see, if anything, the path the Lord has taken me on has been filled to the brim with twists and turns. It’s consisted of nights filled with tears, trips filled with laughter, goodbye’s that’ll rip out a girls heart, praise, confusion, peace, joy, love, hurt, and sadness, all simultaneously.

“Trust” did not develop overnight. It took time, and still continues to be a work in progress today. Heck, it could continue to be a work in progress for all my days on this Earth.

When life sends us spiraling into confusion and unknown, this trust is tested and often times, we fail. We find ourselves running away from God in the good and in the bad.

What we need to remember is that leaning not on our own understanding includes recognizing the grace we have been given. This is grace that we sure don’t deserve.

God, in his kindness, extends us grace when we fail to trust him with our whole hearts like Proverbs 3 tells us to.

Verse 6 says to “acknowledge him in all our ways.”

ALL? Are you kidding me. I fail at this every. stinking. day.

All of our ways.

This means that scripture tells us to acknowledge God when we are sitting in traffic, when we are angry with the outcome of our jobs, when we are in the middle of the hardest seasons of life. It sounds great on paper until it’s put into action. Acknowledging God in the midst of sickness, death, or brokenness, could look different. Perhaps for you today, it means bringing your complaints, anger, and hurt straight to the Lord.

There is some good news: Even when we do fail, His grace is there to catch us.

Wherever you are today, acknowledge the Lord.

I don’t know your beliefs or where you stand, but I do know that you are loved. Bring every ounce of joy, happiness, hurt, anger, and pain to the Lord and see what He does.

Tomorrow, acknowledge Him again, and again, and again.

Continue to do just that and see where He leads.

We are in this together my friends, let’s live out this piece of scripture together today.