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Verse by Verse (#12)

Another in a series of monthly posts where I go through Proverbs a verse or two at a time and share the whispers of the Holy Spirit to my heart (click here for more verse by verse posts).

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight. –Proverbs 3:6

Last time, our verse talked about trusting God and not leaning on our understanding. This verse takes us further and gives us clarity as to the benefits of putting our trust in Him.

The Hebrew word for ways encompasses all this ground:

way, road, distance, journey, manner

  1. road, way, path
  2. journey
  3. direction
  4. manner, habit, way
  5. of course of life (fig.)
  6. of moral character (fig.)

That’s a lot of acknowledging! To do that, we have to know Him, having the experience of Him, which is what the Hebrew word for acknowledge deals with. It sounds daunting at first, but really I feel a quietness as the Holy Spirit breathes on these words. There’s a grace there.

He’s saying, “as you go through your life, recognize God is there and trust Him. Acknowledge His hand, His favor, His love. See what He’s doing.”

That #4 is a bothersome one because if I have a manner, habit, or way that is inconsistent with acknowledging God then it needs to be severed and demolished. It has no place in a life of godly wisdom, but I want to trust Him and I understand that as I can see what He’s doing my paths will be made straight.

Interesting that it doesn’t say He’ll lead you on a straight path but that He will make your paths straight. What a beautiful and miraculous thing to walk in reverence and worship and knowing our God! In our trusting and knowing Him, the unlevel and crooked becomes a way of peace and provision.

What do you take away from this verse? I would love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Jason, that’s a beautiful reminder for our lives.
    It is interesting that in this verse, as it is so common throughout the Scripture, God gives us a promise that is linked with an action from us. In my opinion, it is not that we need to do something to *deserve* the promise He gave, but the action on our part usually is a proof of our relationship with Him. So if we have that relationship, and it shows in that specific way (in this case, we acknowledge Him), we are covered by His blessings.
    What an amazing God we serve!
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    • Totally agree, Cris. It’s not about earning, but deciding to trust and surrender. That one action leads us into His blessings. He is so good and gracious! Thank you for your thoughts.

  2. I love this verse. I’ve been praying this prayer for “straight paths” from Him for my family and me for years. It is a strong picture of His power over this physical world I think.

    Love the in depth definitions, that always seems to enlighten us even more. Thanks.

    • It’s funny you mention the in-depth definitions because for years I struggled with the desire to read and study the word. I actually prayed many times for that love to develop and man, did God answer that prayer! It’s now such a joy and part of who I am. He made the crooked path straight for me. Anyway, thank you, Floyd.


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