I started this year by doing a deep study of Proverbs. I felt the Lord calling me to it. So, I answered the call and dove headfirst into it. Part of my motivation comes from my own father’s example. He told me once he likes to start the new year by reading through the entire book of Proverbs start to finish. It sets his pace for the year, and recalibrates his mindset for living through God’s wisdom and understanding, not his own. As Proverbs states, you should pay attention to your father’s advice! And that’s how I am choosing to start this new year too. I wanted to share some of the early revelations the Lord has shown me, as I study His word.
My son, hear the instruction of your father, And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.
Intimacy With the Lord will Guide Your Days
One of the more popular and well known Proverbs comes from chapter three.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
We’ve all probably read it and heard it included in at least one sermon. I personally have it written on a postcard in my house to remind me of it daily. One of the things that always amazes me about studying the Word is that no matter how many times you may have read a specific verse the Holy Spirit will reveal new things each time you study it, even if you’ve read it a hundred times or more! This study of Proverbs that I am currently in has been just that for me. This is why God wants us to chew on His word as we study it, as Rick Warren puts it.
When I came to Proverbs 3:5-6, I was excited because I was getting to one of my all time favorite scriptures. This time around I took extra time to read the study guide that my Spirit Filled Life Bible has alongside the scriptures. And here’s what I learned. The word “ways” is derived from the Hebrew word derek. In Hebrew derek means a road, a course or a mode of action. It suggests specific opportunities, a person may encounter on a recurring basis, according to my Bible’s handy study guide. One of the most common opportunities we have in life is the start of each day. So, this could be read as “as you start each day, acknowledge the Lord…”
The next thing Holy Spirit really highlighted to me was the Hebrew word used for “acknowledge” which is yada, which can be translated “to know”, meaning to know by observation, investigation, reflection or firsthand experience. The highest level of yada is through direct intimate contact. This level of intimacy refers to that of a marriage relationship.
If we consider the meaning of the Hebrew words used in this passage, the entire scripture takes on a new and powerful meaning. It could be read like this:
“Each day, begin your day in intimacy with the Lord, and He will guide your every step.”
Isn’t it neat how the true meaning and choice of the words used in Scripture give new power and revelation to the intention of the Word? What God is really saying in this passage is, “pursue intimacy with me, and I will guide you.”
I pray this blesses you as much as it has blessed me!
Hebrew translations and context were taken from the Spirit Filled Life Bible NKJV study guide.
This post was written by Matthew Bell, a Christian entrepreneur, business leader, speaker, and founder of Bell Interactive.