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How Much is "All?"

I recently noticed [another] massive difference between God and I. It was alarming because  I’ve found it to be one of the pillars in our relationship: He is black and white. I have gray areas. So words like “all” or “total” haven’t always meant “all” or “total” to me.

Proverbs 3:5-7 is quoted often. Here I’d like to reference the latter portion of the scripture: “Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path.” Truthfully, I’d never seen a time that I applied “all my ways” in the context of this scripture. It seems like I categorized what I should seek Him for. My rationale varied from situation-to-situation. Some situations seemed too “little” to consult Him about-petty matters if you will. Other times I feared what His response would be; if it wasn’t one of those, I just didn’t want to because I wanted what I wanted.

When God says to acknowledge Him in all our ways, that’s what He means. He doesn’t specify a time that He will not direct our path. “All” means with difficult choices, times that seem minor, times we don’t know what we should do, or even times that we feel like we would rather not. God doesn’t change. So “all” also means “all” when He says that He will supply all of our needs; or that we should love or trust Him with all our heart. It means He really has our best interest in mind when He wishes above all things that we prosper and be in good health...God wants to be involved in every area of our lives. What’s important to us as His children is important to Him as our father. He dealings with us involve “all” from beginning to end. Which explains why He would rather us be hot or cold- He wants all of us. 

When it comes to God, all means every. All means total. All means entire(ty). In order to obey His word from the position of “all,” all may also mean discipline; or trusting; or submission; or sacrifice; or humility. Whatever it means for you, do what it takes for all of God’s promises to be unlocked, all of His plans to be carried out, and all that He has for you to be obtainable.

 Create a pattern of “all” with God and watch what happens next!

Grace and peace,