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    Friday, November 20

    Trust in Jehovah with all your heart,
    and do not rely on your own understanding.
    In all your ways take notice of him, and he will make your paths straight.

    Prov. 3:5, 6.

    Obtaining the facts and evaluating them accurately present a challenge today because of the abundance of low-quality information, reports filled with half-truths, and our own imperfection. What will help us with this challenging task?

    We must know and apply Bible principles. One such principle is that it is foolish and humiliating to reply to a matter before hearing the facts. (Prov. 18:13) Another Bible principle reminds us not to accept every word without question. (Prov. 14:15)

    And finally, no matter how much experience we have in Christian living, we must be careful not to lean on our own understanding. Bible principles will safeguard us if we are certain to use facts from reliable sources to draw good conclusions and to make wise decisions.

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    "The abundance of low-quality information." <-- HOW TRUE!
     
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    Ironic, that this is my favorite verse of Scripture. These two verses contain an important lesson. The word “all” should be emphasized. We may get to a point in our consecration where we feel that our own understanding is pretty good, but verse 5 directs us back to the Lord’s Word to keep looking for His understanding.

    Jeremiah 17:9 tells that “the [natural] heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” Hence we cannot trust our own feelings. To our dying day we have a conflict or fight of faith with the new creature being in the old temporal vessel. Since the heart can be so deceitful, it is wise to be on guard continually. This means, too, that we should daily search the Scriptures and not ever feel that our understanding has reached a sufficient level. We need the Lord’s guidance in all of life’s affairs.

    Jeremiah 9:23,24 reads, “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

    We are not to lean on the understanding of others either but to study out the matter for ourselves from God’s Word. The Scriptures say to prove all things and to hold fast that which we find to be true. How many people truly believe that the Lord will direct their paths? Verses 5 and 6 are a good text to keep continually in mind. To truly believe and obey this counsel, one has to be humble.

    There is a fine line between taking a passive role and an active role. One might misinterpret the text and think we should passively sit back, do nothing, and just trust that the Lord will direct our path. Rather, we are to actively bind, write, trust, and acknowledge. It is wrong to be either passive or overly active in the sense of depending on works. “Have we not done wonderful works in thy name?” (Matt. 7:22). Letting the Lord do everything is the other extreme. We should ascertain as nearly as possible what the Lord’s will is for any activity.

    Jeremiah 10:23,24 gives an insight into Jeremiah’s heart and mental condition: “O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.”

    “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” The word “all” makes this is a broad statement. From time to time every one of the consecrated would slip or become careless on this point to some extent through excitement, fatigue, etc. However, one must recover and again look to the Lord for leadership. In other words, verses 5 and 6 are discussing our reaction to God’s providences. We must trust in God with all our heart and search for His direction. He has promised to direct our paths if we acknowledge Him in all our ways with all our heart. Thus the directing of our paths is conditional.

    David is speaking to his son Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:9, “And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”

    Instead of “he shall direct thy paths,” the NIV says, “and he will make your paths straight.” Hebrews 12:13 speaks of making “straight paths for your feet.” The thought is of a correct path. Verse 6 suggests that one who begins to wander from the straight path will be
    corrected or directed by God’s providence if that providence is recognized and responded to.

    Lord bless!

    RR
     
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