Conntecting the Dots

The Significance of an Overlooked 3-Letter Word


I find it’s easy to blow past little words when reading my Bible. One of those words is “all.”

Several times in the past week, it jumped off the page at me as if to say, “I’m small but significant. Pay attention to me!”


One encounter with this wee word was in Proverbs 3:5-6—“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”


“All” shows up here not once, but twice, and it carries a message of profound importance. In the midst of these crazy, chaotic days, God calls us to trust Him with our entire heart. We’re to acknowledge Him as faithful, wise, and sovereign even when circumstances don’t make sense or suit our fancy. Leaving wiggle room for control or manipulation in hopes of achieving the outcome we deem best never works well. We’re to trust Him and His ways with all our heart, not just a part.


“All” also tells us to seek God’s will in everything we do. Our human bent is to seek our own will, to secure our own personal interest in everything we do. When we do so, we allow our emotions to rule our decisions and we end up saying or doing something we later regret. We avoid a lot of self-inflicted pain when we ask God to show us the direction He wants to take in a particular situation and follow His lead.  


“All” is only a three-letter word but it carries life-changing ramifications. May I offer a prayer to help us learn to pay attention to it and apply it to our lives?


“Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us wise instruction so we can flourish. Thank You for this little word “all.” Help us to pay attention to it and to live by its truth. Teach us how to trust You with every part of our heart, not leaving wiggle room for doubt or fear or manipulation. Teach us how to seek Your direction in every endeavor, not allowing our emotions to dictate what we do. We love You and are grateful for the privilege of being children of the living God—the One who is good in all His ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


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6 Responses to “The Significance of an Overlooked 3-Letter Word”

  1. Mary

    Thank you for the reminder of the significance of the word ALL. It reminded me of a book that I read in 2008: My All in All by Robert J. Morgan. He is one of my favorite pastors and writer. Thanks to you, I am going to reread Morgan’s book.

    • Grace Fox

      Thanks for mentioning this title, Mary. It’s good to know about solid resources to help us in our faith walk.


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