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Straight Paths

Make a Faith Journal Using the Bless Method | Straight Paths | September 6, 2023 | Proverbs 3:6

Date: September 6, 2023

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional. 

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

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B - Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:6 - "In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

L - Listen for God's Word and pray:  Heavenly Father,  I come before you with a heart open to your guidance. Help me understand the depth of submitting to you in every aspect of my life. May this verse inspire me to trust in your wisdom and follow the straight path you have prepared for me. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

E - Explore the History and Meaning: Proverbs is a book in the Old Testament primarily attributed to King Solomon, known for his wisdom. Proverbs 3:6 is part of a collection of wise sayings that provide guidance on living a godly and righteous life. This verse encourages readers to acknowledge and submit to God in every aspect of their lives. By surrendering their will and seeking God's direction, they are promised that He will make their paths straight. This means that God will guide them in the right direction, removing obstacles and providing clarity in their journey.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases: 

In all your ways: Refers to every aspect, decision, and action in one's life.

Submit to him: Acknowledging God's authority, seeking His guidance, and surrendering one's will.

Make your paths straight: God's promise to provide guidance and direction, ensuring a clear and righteous path.

S - Summarize and Share: Devotional: 

Proverbs 3:6 is a beautiful reminder of how our relationship with God should fill every aspect of our lives. It encourages us to submit to Him wholeheartedly, trusting in His guidance and wisdom. When we surrender our plans and desires to God, something wonderful happens. He steps in and makes our paths straight.

Imagine a journey with no obstacles, a road with clear signposts, and a destination filled with purpose and righteousness. That's what God promises when we acknowledge Him in all our ways. It's not about relinquishing control; it's about inviting the Author of life to co-author our story.

This verse has been my guiding light through life's twists and turns. It's like a compass in my pocket, reminding me that I'm never truly alone on this journey. It encourages me to acknowledge God's presence in everything I do, from the most mundane tasks to life-altering decisions.

Life can often resemble a maze, filled with choices, challenges, and uncertainties. But this verse reassures me that God is not just my starting point; He's my constant companion, guiding me step by step. As I reflect on my journey so far, I see the evidence of His guidance in the choices I've made, the doors that opened, and even the closed ones that protected me.

I've learned through experience that when I rush ahead without seeking His guidance, things often take a wrong turn. I'll admit, there are times when stubbornness takes over, and I yearn for something that deep down I know may not align with His will. Yet, this verse gently reminds me that the moments I take to pause, pray, and seek His direction are the moments when I walk on the surest path, even if it means letting go of my own plans. It's an intriguing concept: surrendering to His wisdom brings the greatest freedom.

So, I encourage you to take this verse to heart as well. In those moments of decision and doubt, remember Proverbs 3:6. Surrender your plans to God, trust His direction, and watch as He straightens your path. It's a promise of divine partnership in navigating life's beautiful, sometimes challenging, terrain.

4 Bible Cross References:

Psalm 37:5 - "Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act."

Psalm 25:9 - "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way."

Isaiah 30:21 - "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'"

James 4:7 - "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

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