As Christian parents, following God through His Word, we learn, “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:6).” But what does this mean to us? How can we make this practical in helping our children through their schooling over which we have been given stewardship? It is a curious word, this word “acknowledge.”
It means “to know,” “to learn to know,” “to perceive,” “to see,” “to find out,” “to discern,” “to distinguish,” “to know by experience,” “to recognize,” “to admit,” “to confess,” “to consider,” “to be acquainted in or with,” “to have know-how in or be skillful in,” “to have knowledge of or be wise of,” “to be instructed in,” “to be known in,” “to make known or declare,” or “to make oneself known or to reveal oneself in.”
Now if we go back to this Proverbs 3:6 passage and re-read it by placing any or each of these definitions (to learn to know, to perceive, to see, etc.) where we read the term “acknowledge,” we can readily see the fuller meaning of this passage. We will do this shortly.
The one thing that every Christian comes to the point of asking God, when they come to the point of wanting to do His will above their own, is, “What do you have planned for my life?” We are practical and searching people. We are taught, in this world, to make plans and set goals. We also pass this teaching on to our children. But, even if the plans we make are successful for a time, they are always doomed to eventual failure when they are different from those plans God has for us. This is true for the rocket scientist as well as for you and me. You probably are saying, “Great! How are we supposed to know what God has planned for us?” Proverb 3:6 and other verses in scripture reveals the answer to this question for us.
The major reason why “our ways” often do not match “His ways” is actually comprised of a couple reasons. One reason is that there is sin in the world and in us that causes us not to think correctly and that only leads us down wrong paths in life (Prov.14:12; 16:25). Psalm 48:14 tells us that “…for ever and ever: [God] will be our guide even unto death.” Another reason is that our understanding is so limited. God takes His position of supreme knowledge of all things, which is more knowledge than we can have at any time or level of our education (Isaiah 55:9).