March 06, 2008

Acknowledge Him in all your ways

Proverbs 3:6   In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

In Exodus we find the story of Israel's war with Amalek. As the battle is progressing we find the following:

Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

As I read this passage this morning, I was struck with the need for each of us to be focused on God in all we do ("lifting holy hands," so to speak). We should probably even find and take extreme measures to help us stay focused on "lifting our hands" in prayer.

Quite often I remember to focus on God when I'm at church, or when I'm preparing for a big test, or when I'm in deep trouble. But I don't tend to focus on God when I'm filling my car with gas, or when I'm choosing which soda to purchase at the 7-Eleven, or when I'm getting angry about some perceived injustice. I guess that would be especially when I'm getting angry.

May God grant each of us the grace to keep our minds fixed on him at all times.

1 comment:

  1. Tyler Hampton3/25/2008 12:54 AM

    Wow, you bring up a very good point. All too often we forget to praise and acknowledge Him when we are angry or content. Ironically if we praise Him while we're angry our anger diminishes and when we praise him while we are content our hearts are filled with joy at what he has given us. So anyone who reads this post remember Proverbs 3:5-6
    5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
    6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

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