Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3: 5 – 7
Suddenly, I had become invisible. Women attending the small conference laughed and chatted in happy clusters. Not one glanced my way or acknowledged my presence as I entered the room.
Settling into my seat, I leaned toward a woman sitting nearby. I hoped to connect. Clearly, she had no interest. Perhaps, she was a fellow introvert. When the speaker concluded her message, I gathered my notes and purse to leave. Huddling in small groups, the cheerful attendees resumed their laughter and conversations.
I slipped out quietly. No one noticed.
As an introvert, anonymity and privacy are my friends. Yet, as I grow older and perhaps more invisible, I hope to take advantage of the opportunities I have to acknowledge others. When we acknowledge a person’s presence, it sends the message that they are not only welcome but valued.
According to Merriam Webster, to acknowledge means to recognize a person’s rights, authority or status. It also can be defined as recognizing something or someone as genuine or valid.
Culture does not acknowledge God. Not His Authority. Not His Goodness. Not His Love. Neither does it see as valid His call on our lives to love, obey and serve Him. He does not even receive a tip of the hat when He gently tiptoes into our lives making Himself visible with the beauty of a sunset, the joy of friendship, the delight of a favorite meal, the orange glow of the harvest moon, the daily provision of our needs, the comfort of His Word.
How important is acknowledging God to daily life?
According to Proverbs 3: 7 acknowledging God is the only way to travel a straight path in this twisted world.
Acknowledging God requires affirming His Sovereignty, His Wisdom, His Mercy, His Goodness and His Love above all. The person who acknowledges God lives for His Kingdom and not for their own. Those who refuse to acknowledge Him as lovingly Sovereign over their lives often walk an uncertain and bumpy path.
To acknowledge God is to recognize and celebrate Him as present and Sovereign in every area of life. We do not run from His authority. We run to it. We find comfort in it.
Our decisions are not based upon our desires, current trends or our own limited wisdom. We willingly surrender control of our lives to Him. As we do He guides each step.
No area is off limits. We acknowledge Him as All-Wise in relationships, sexuality, finances, marriage, parenting, career choices, daily work, conversation, reactions, health, ethics, generosity, caring for others and much more. And, because we accept His authority in these areas, we try to obey.
To acknowledge God is a matter of the heart. Moment by moment, we bow before Him in all things. We own Him as Lord.
I pray today that I will grow in my understanding of how to daily acknowledge and cherish God as the ultimate authority. I also pray that my children and grandchildren will own Him as the Sovereign Lord over every area of life. May they continually take notice of His Loving Presence and walk a straight path in life.
Whoever acknowledges me before others,
I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.
Let’s Pray that….
· Our grandchildren will bow before the Sovereign Lord in every area of life. Psalm 95:6
· Our grandchildren will seek God first and trust Him for all their needs. Matthew 6:33
· Our grandchildren will commit themselves to doing God’s will and living for His Kingdom. Matthew 6: 9-13
· Our grandchildren will realize that everything they do is for the Lord. Colossians 3:17
· Our grandchildren will own Jesus as Lord. I Peter 3: 15 a
Think and Do
1. Are you acknowledging God in every area of life? Finances? Marriage? Work? Sexuality? Relationships? Where do you need to bow before the Lord?
2. In John 6:38, Jesus said He had come down from heaven not to do His own will but the will of the one who had sent Him. What was true for Jesus is certainly true for us. Doing God’s will is the most important thing of all. Without preaching, how can you communicate this truth through your life?
3. Acknowledging others is a sweet discipline. This week make an extra effort to show value to others by acknowledging their presence.
4. What would happen if you acknowledged the good you see in your grandchildren – to your grandchildren?
5. A thank you note is an acknowledgment of an act of kindness done on our behalf. Write a thank you note to the Lord acknowledging the ways the Invisible God makes Himself visible to you each day.
From Genesis to Revelation, here's the central message: God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God, the Triune God is in control of all things, period.
Charles Stanley, from God is in Control
copyright Kay Swatkowski 2018
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