(Excerpts from a message by Pastor Ezra Howard)
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
To acknowledge means to recognize the rights, authority, or status of. It means to consult with. To acknowledge means recognize the existence, truth, or fact of. When we acknowledge God we recognize that God is here and that He has authority.
How would we live if we knew that God is right here watching and observing. The following verses confirm the fact that God is ever present and aware of our every action and reaction.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3);
“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:14);
“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36)
It is God’s will that we consult with Him in prayer. Prayer to the soul is like breathing to the body. Prayer is the way we find out what is the next move we should make.
Three reasons we should acknowledge God are:
- God knows the path we should take – “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isaiah 49:9-10)
- God is in control of our destiny – “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
- Any other way leads to a dead end. – “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
When should we acknowledge God? The answer is “everytime”. Even if it worked before we shouldn’t assume it will work next time. (See 2 Samuel 5:17-23.) Even if doesn’t work, don’t stop acknowledging God. (See Judges 20:18-44). Even if nothing happens keep consulting God. (See 1 Kings 18:43-44).
Remember: “The time you fail to consult God will be the time that you fail.”