Proverbs 3:5, 6 - Listen And Live For God And He Will Direct Your Way.

Proverbs 3:5, 6 - Listen And Live For God And He Will Direct 
Your Way. 

Proverbs 3:5, 6 (KJV) Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways 
acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

Proverbs 3:5, 6 (MSG) Trust God from the bottom of your heart; 
don't try to figure out everything on your own.  Listen for God's 
voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will 
keep you on track.  

   Rest in Me, My child, forgetting about the worries of the 
world. Focus on Me ~ Emmanuel ~ and let My living Presence envelop you 
in Peace. Tune in to My eternal security, for I am the same 
yesterday, today, and forever. If you live on the surface of life by 
focusing on ever-changing phenomena, you will find yourself echoing the 
words of Solomon: "Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is 
   Living in collaboration with Me is the way to instill meaning 
into your days. Begin each day alone with Me, so that you can 
experience the reality of My Presence. As you spend time with Me, the way 
before you opens up step by step. Arise from the stillness of our 
communion, and gradually begin your journey through the day. Hold My hand 
in deliberate dependence on Me, and I will smooth out the path 
before you. [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Brother Lawrence advises, "All things hinge on your hearty 
renunciation of everything you are aware that does not lead to God." 
   Wow! With that thought in mind, consider the culture we live 
   What leads us to God? What draws us away? What things, as 
soon as we open the door to them, clamp right onto our spirits like a 
spider sucking God's vitality right out of us? 
   We might make a personal list with two categories. First, 
what leads us to God? The list might include the wonders of creation, 
watching films of powerful authenticity, showing love to family members, 
studying diligently, and working effectively--the list could and should be 
   Second, what draws us away? What "innocent" things fritter 
away our time and keep us from staying in step with the Holy Spirit? 
What sucks the Spirit right out of our lives? This category should 
also be large. It's a perfect opportunity to ask for the Holy 
Spirit's wisdom in sorting things out. 
   Making such lists might reduce the gray areas in our lives. 
Actually, we might find plenty of good on the large and small electronic 
screens that are so ubiquitous in our lives. In contrast, what on those 
screens draws us away from God? 
   Notice Brother Lawrence's hearty renunciation of everything 
that doesn't enhance his practicing God's presence. That sounds 
severe, and it is. Yet this comes from a man extraordinarily happy and 
blessed. He made these distinctions and choices, and yet it didn't result 
in deprivation. 
   Accustom yourself to continual conversation with God. 
Lawrence urges, a conversation that is free and simple. He is intimately 
present with us. 
   "In things doubtful," we need to ask his assistance to know 
his will. And the things we plainly see he requires of us, we should 
perform. Simply offer all things to him, and give him thanks. "We are 
also employed in praising, adoring, and loving Him incessantly, for 
His infinite goodness and perfection." 
   Lord, I praise you for your goodness and love. In all my 
choices, help me to discern what saddens you and what makes you smile. 
Let my will be fused with yours so that I can get fully in step with 
your Spirit. [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra] 

   Our natural tendency is to lean on our own understanding and 
do things our way instead of depending on God's wisdom and ways. 
The longer I live, the more I realize that all of our 
responsibilities, all that God has called us to do, are beyond our own human 
ability. There is nothing I can do apart from God. In everything--whether 
it is parenting; relationships with my husband, children, 
grandchildren, and friends; ministry work; writing; speaking; or teaching - I 
need to depend on God, seek his higher understanding, his wisdom and 
his will, and then trust in his leading with all my heart. As I do 
these things, I become the recipient of God's wonderful promise in 
Proverbs 3:6--he will direct my path --a promise that is backed by all the 
honor of his name. Even when it seems that there is no way out, when 
we've hit our own limitations or a dead end, God will guide us and 
make a way for us. 
   LORD, help me to trust in you with all my heart today. Guard 
me from depending on my own limited understanding. Instead, help me 
to rely totally on you. I desire to seek your will in all I do 
today. Thank you for the promise that you will direct my paths so that 
I can walk hand in hand with you, depend on your higher 
understanding, and seek your will in all I do. [Praying Through The Bible By 
Fuller re vv. 5, 6]