Submitted by Sam
In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him.
Recently the Lord showed me another side of the multifaceted diamond of Proverbs 3:6: if we are being asked to acknowledge Him in all our ways, that means that He is in all our ways, an ever-constant Presence. And that thought reminded me of Enoch, the seventh from Adam. “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
When you acknowledge Him in all your ways, you are being aware of His constant Presence next to you and in you, therefore you are basically walking with God. Prayer becomes a constant conversation with your journey Companion, and thus directing thy paths. “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16:8
Maybe that’s why Solomon stated: “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart is at his left.” -Ecclesiastes 10:2
The first mention of the prophet Elijah states: “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” 1 Kings 17:1 “Before whom I stand…” being so aware of the Lord’s presence that he turned it into a statement of faith. Elisha also inherited his predecessor’s awareness:“ And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, …” 2 Kings 3:14a
King David of old also states in one of his Psalms: “Mine eyes are ever towards the LORD…” – Psalm 25:15a “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
The following two stories are two classical examples of the other side of the coin, when you don’t acknowledge the Lord in all your ways.
I’ll start with Paul and one of the most misquoted verses from the Bible: “But none of these things move me…” – Acts 20:24a.
Our story starts with Acts 19:21 “After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit…to go to Jerusalem…” Was it his spirit or the Holy Spirit that he purposed in? From all the prophecies that he received on his way to Jerusalem, we can safely conclude that it was his own spirit and not the Holy Spirit that he purposed in to go to Jerusalem. Paul decided to fight a battle that wasn’t the Lord’s will for him to fight at the time, and he lost it, by compromising his true gospel once in Jerusalem. Following are some of the prophecies he received from different disciples on his way to Jerusalem : “And now behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.” – Acts 20:23 “Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden. 4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem. “ – Acts 21:3, 4 “And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus. 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.” – Acts 21:10-12
After receiving so many prophecies from the Holy Ghost through different disciples and prophets, pleading with you to not go to Jerusalem and you keep on going, defiantly declaring: “But none of these things move me…” Acts 20-24. You must be in pretty bad shape spiritually! They should have moved you! So next time when you hear “but none of these things move me”, remember Paul’s defiant attitude that led to that statement. It was the call of stubbornness and not of perseverance.
Keep an eye out for Part 2 of “A Key Called His Presence”