Bible Society of South Africa
Frank Retief

Remember his strength – Day 9

Acknowledge Christ

Bible text(s)

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. 6Remember the LORD in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.

Proverbs 3:5-6GNBOpen in Bible reader

12What you think is the right road may lead to death.

Proverbs 14:12GNBOpen in Bible reader

We always have to choose between two different ways of looking at life – our way and God’s way. Our natural tendency is to make our own judgements and assessments, and act accordingly. However, very often, the judgements we make are wrong. Proverbs 14:12 is a good reminder of this: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

It is far better to lean on God’s view of life than on our own. Our own view of life will make wrong judgements about people, circumstances, and life in general, most dangerous of all, about how to get to heaven. Left to our own understanding, we will inevitably think that we can make it on our own. Alternatively, we will conclude that it does not really matter what we believe, because all roads lead to God anyway! Then on that great day, we will prove to be fools. Judgement will show that we leaned on our own way of looking at life, rather than on God’s way.

It is far better to “acknowledge him in all our ways”. What does this mean and how do we do it? Well, it means that we reject our own natural tendency to view life as we please and, in repentance, turn to God and accept his view of life. In God’s view, we are all sinners needing a Saviour. He has provided such a Saviour for us. Furthermore, left to ourselves, we will inevitably make wrong decisions – so he has given us not only a Saviour, but also his own word to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. To acknowledge him, thus, means that we accept his opinions and views about all things. In all our decisions, we need to know what will please him most. What will reflect his wisdom, kindness and compassion? What will bring him glory? Then, we act accordingly. It is true that sometimes making decisions based on our relationship with God, rather than on the accepted wisdom of the age, may bring confusion upon us and it may displease many people. However, the proverb goes on to say, “He will make your paths straight.” In other words, no matter how many oppose you or ridicule you, in the end you will be vindicated. Your paths will be straight, without difficulty, disharmony, guilt or any of the things that come upon those who have no time for Christ and his opinions.

Most important of all, is that if we acknowledge him, we will acknowledge his value that he places on his Son and we will turn to Jesus as our only Saviour and our safe guide to the glory to come.

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