Confidence comes from desiring God

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Confidence for you and your children comes from desiring God. Proverbs 3:5&6 is a familiar passage that warns against trusting yourself and your own understanding. Verse six links trusting God with acknowledging God in every thing you do. Here are the verses:


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.


In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.


The depth of the word translated “acknowledge” is lost in many translations. One respected commentator translates verse 6 this way:


in all your ways desire his presence,

and he will make your paths straight and smooth.


Note that “desire his presence” replaces “acknowledge”. The root word here in the Hebrew is the same word that is translated to know, as in sexual intimacy. In Hosea, Israel is chastised for knowing foreign gods instead of Yahweh. Desiring God’s presence in all that we do is a rich, intimate desire. This covers going to sleep, getting up in the morning, walking along the road, playing sports, having fun with friends and even on into marriage by desiring God’s presence in sexual relations.


With this understanding it becomes clear how desiring the presence of God equates to trusting God with all your heart. Biblical confidence thus flows from desiring the presence of God in all that is done.


Teach this to your children as you practice the truth of the Proverbs in your own life. Eagerly desire God’s presence in all you do. This will stretch and reshape your world. This will make for great conversations with your kids!


Desiring the presence of God will produce confidence that leads to intimate trust in God. There is no better place to be!


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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.