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Bible Study Proverbs 36

Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

If you want to know what God’s will is for your life, this can be a great starting place for learning how to discover it. Faith is hope of the reality of what is not seen. When we have faith, it just means we don’t have all of the information to make a perfectly educated guess, or a guaranteed right decision, but we act anyway based upon what we do know, and the hope that God will show the way.

“In all your ways” : To know God’s will, one must have a knowledge, in faith, of who God is. This requires regular study in His Word, the Bible. It means a continuous walk with God in prayer, and a continuous connection that the Holy Spirit allows between us and God. Philippians 4:8 tells us what our minds need to be on at all times. Phil. 4:8 ” Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Scriptures also tell us what God requires, in Micah 6: 8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” With the above scriptures, one can conclude that “In all our ways” includes our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and attitudes, on a 24 hour a day basis. A good paraphrase might be, “In everything we do, say, or think, at all times”.

“acknowledge Him “: Once we know how to behave in everything about our lives, we need to recognize that God is right there with us. We must pay attention to His presence by real and personal interactions with Him. To acknowledge Him means to let Him know we are aware of His presence, and that we are glad to have Him there. A good paraphrase up to this point of the verse could be, “In everything we do, say, or think, at all times, be aware of God’s presence.” So, while we go about our daily lives, God is to be acknowledged as walking with us.

And He will direct your paths “For we know that all things work together for “good,” to those who love God and are the called according to His purposes.”

So, to paraphrase the verse, “In everything we do, say, or think, at all times, be aware of God’s presence, and he will clear the way, and make your paths according to His plans for you.”

There is a story that I heard once that tells of a girl who was on the mountain, and was stranded. It became dark and she needed to go down the mountain toward home as soon as possible. She knew the trail down was hard, even in daylight, so she prayed that God would help her to make it safely. As she was praying, a hiker came along, and she asked if he could help her make it down the mountain. He said he could, and asked her to place a blindfold over her eyes. He asked her if she trusted him, and she said she did. He then began to lead her along the steep and winding path. It was a long journey, and he held her hand all the way. She trusted him to lead her safely to the bottom. When they got to the bottom, the girl asked her why she had to wear the blindfold. He told her to look back up the mountain and see the path she just traveled. He said, she needed to trust him, and if she could see the path she might get so frightened of some of the cliffs along the way that she might stop in fear and panic. He knew that if she just trusted him she would make it all the way.

This girl acknowledged the guide by taking his hand and trusting him every step of the way. In her trust, the guide was able to direct her path.