In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. -Proverbs 3:6 ESV
The word translated here as "acknowledge" is the Hebrew word דָעֵ֑הוּ (yada). It's simple definition is "know". It speaks to me of the connection with the verse that precedes this verse that instructs us to trust God with all of our heart. To acknowledge God is to know him and his heart in everything that we do. In this our heart draws deep from his.
It is in the context of our trusting relationship to God that our paths are set on a divine path. Our inner vision becomes clearer as we know him more. Acknowledging him becomes a deep spiritual resonance. The NIV translates it this way "in all your ways submit to him". I like that. To know God is to submit to him, and his will, with all that is within us.
Lord, we pray the chorus of the song that says there is no greater thing than knowing you - we want to know you more.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.