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 3:5-6 NASB
I was writing in my journal the other day and ended up doodling that portion of Proverbs 3:5.
Immediately under it I wrote:
v. accept or admit the existence of truth (3) trans show that one has noticed or recognized (someone) by making a getsure or greeting.
Origin: Late 15th century – from the obsolete Middle English Verb knowledge, influenced by obsolete acknow ‘acknowledge’, confess …
I looked up the word/verse in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. The Hebrew word for acknowledge is
(acknowledge) yada (3045) a primitive root; to know (prop. to ascertain by seeing) ; used in a great variety of senses, fig. lit, euphem. and infer (including observation, care, recognition and causat. instruction, designation, punishment, etc. )
I looked up the Hebrew word for ways (in all your ways acknowledge Him):
(ways) derek (1870) from 1869 a road (as trodden) fig a course of life, or mode of action, often adv. …
Of course, I had to look up the other word,
darak (1869) a prim root – to tread by impl to walk; also to string a bow (by treading on it in bending it) …
I didn’t realize this fully. It pays to look things up! Pays to be inquisitive. Ask questions – get answers!
I must stop – linger – pause in all my ways – everywhere I trod – to see, acknowledge, trust Him. Imperative.
One of the things I look at quite often is the process of judging matters (not people, but situations or matters). How well can one judge a matter without the LORD? I saw acknowledging Him in all the ways I walk … everything I do … and especially in judging matters is so incredibly important.
The definition of acknowledge supplied by The New Oxford American Dictionary (in my Kindle). The Definitions of Hebrew words are from my hard copy of Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. The links for the Hebrew definitions are to The Blue Letter Bible for your quick reference.