Ways and Means (Proverbs 3:5-6 part 3)

Moving forward (by the way, forward progress is only achieved by following God, without Him we wander… see Psalm 119:10), the way that the first two commands are…"achieved", is by following the third: "In all Thy ways, acknowledge Him…" (Proverbs 3:6a)

Wait. How many ways? It says all of them. The idea, or ideal, is echoed in Paul's second letter to the Corinthians (10:5): "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Also in his first letter to the early Christians in Thessalonica, he says to "rejoice evermore", to "pray without ceasing" and "in everything give thanks" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 respectively). All of these actions—sharing your thoughts, rejoicing, praising, thanking—are directed upward, to God. And the first part of the sixth verse of the third proverb encapsulates it perfectly when it says to "acknowledge Him" in all our ways.

Asaph the psalmist makes an interesting point in Psalm 50. He closes it out by writing from God's perspective. The last verse (23) says "whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me". I see this to mean that, in God's "liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17), and with the freedom of choice that He gives us, He will accept any means of fellowship and interaction that we, in love, want to show to Him. In other words, as long as we are staying connected to God by any of these inward activities—praise, prayer, worship, gratitude, thanksgiving, or even just talking to Him—then we are walking as Jesus walked toward the Father.

"for I do always those things that please Him." (John 8:29b)

When Jesus died and rose again, He made it possible for us to be reconnected back to God the Father. Sure, the umbilical may have been cut upon (our physical) birth, but with the Lord, we are ever connected to Him in the Spirit when we believe and receive Jesus. It’s something that you can always look back on and sense and trust. The ideal though, is to actively realize the connection in the here and now.

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8)

Now we're ready to go!