In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
You will face dilemmas, sometimes difficult, each day of your life. The right answers are easy to find, if you humble yourself before God and trust Him on every subject. But men resist or reject this simple solution – they are too proud to admit their ignorance, too fearful to go against the crowd, and they believe they can figure out a workable solution.
The two proverbs around this one help with its interpretation and emphasis. The previous verse teaches total trust in the LORD and total rejection of your understanding (Pr 3:5). You must not even lean toward your thoughts on a matter. The following proverb warns against confidence in your own wisdom; you are to fear the LORD and hate sin (Pr 3:7).
You can find the right path for life’s complications, if you acknowledge the LORD in all your ways. Acknowledging the LORD is admitting He is infinitely wise, He has perfectly addressed every subject, and you should obey Him. You would have only one path at every decision, if you did not create other options by consulting your foolish heart or the foolish hearts of others. You should pray for a single heart that acknowledges God only.
The Bible is God’s will for your life – on any subject you will ever face (Deut 29:29). It can make ministers perfect, when they ignore and reject the opinions of men (II Tim 3:16-17). If you cannot find its answers to your questions, it is your fault or your pastor’s fault, not the Author’s. The answers are there; you just need to find them. Lord, help!
Read these strong words about the Bible: “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way” (Ps 119:128). Read them again. Any attitude toward the Bible short of this confidence is not acknowledging God; you are heading straight into the abyss of human confusion (Is 8:20-22; I Cor 1:18-20; 3:18-20).
Do you acknowledge Him in all your ways? Corporal punishment perfects children, in spite of what Benjamin Spock and other fools imagine (Pr 22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15). Baptism is by immersion, in spite of what the Pope taught John Calvin (John 3:23; Rom 6:3-5; I Pet 3:21). Solomon gave the best position for lovemaking, in spite of what the Kama Sutra and Eastern idolaters think (Song 2:6; 8:3). The Bible answers all your ways.
Acknowledge Him in all your ways. When dealing with an enemy, forgive him and pray for him (Pr 19:11; Matt 5:43-48; Rom 12:17-21). When facing funeral options, cremation is pagan (Gen 23:1-20; Deut 12:29-32; 21:22-23; 34:5-6). If you offend an authority, a soft response works best (Pr 15:1; Eccl 10:4). Acknowledge the LORD; He will say to you, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Is 30:21). The Bible can answer all your dilemmas.
Can you humble yourself to go to the Bible to answer every difficulty or question you face in life? Can you humble yourself to go to someone who knows the Bible better than you to get their judgment of your situation? If you cannot humble yourself, you are doomed to ignorance and trouble. It is this humility that leads to wisdom and success.