Scripture Reading: Proverbs 16
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9
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There has been much reading and “discussion” of godly wisdom, folly, the unrighteous and the righteous that follow after Jesus on purpose in their lives. There have been contrasts between the wicked and upright. In chapter 16, there is “discussion” on how that wisdom is played out in the day to day.
The emphasis of verse one is that man plans but the results of those plans are God’s and subject to His hands, authority and His power (sovereignty). Man is made in the image of God and has a responsibility to use the mind God has given and apply wisdom, to discern the correct path (plan) when it comes to decisions in life. However, the wisdom described in the book of Proverbs will also aide us in being alert to the God movements and “tweaks” in that decision and how/when to correct accordingly; to be in sync with the leading of the Holy Spirit. We are to not only use our God-given minds wisely, but also submissively; knowing that God is sovereign. We can read this in the next part of the verse which reads “and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.” It is the Lord who ultimately establishes our plans and allows them to come to fruition. God has the final say!
Verse two deals with our motives, which may even be hidden to us, as we can be easily deceived or justify thoughts/actions in our minds. God deals with the heart and knows our motives. Some of the major stumbling blocks to discerning God’s will can clearly be seen in Scriptures. Such as: unwillingness to think about the decision. In Deuteronomy 32:29, we see the idea of “considering”. Another is the unwillingness to think ahead and think through possible consequences. There is also the unwillingness to go to others in our lives that are attempting to grow in Scripture and walk with the Lord for their advice. Proverbs 12:15 states “The way of the foolish is right in his own eyes; but he that is wise hearkeneth unto counsel.” Another that is increasingly difficult to put into practice, especially in our “gotta have it now” fast paced society is to wait on the Lord as seen in the Psalms. If we are seeking God’s plan for our lives and in decisions, we can count on God to work accordingly and carry out His purpose and direct us, despite our uncertainty. A major part of the decision we are trying to make may be found in the lesson of the process and what He is trying to teach us through it. Rest in Psalm 37:23-24, which states “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.”
We are to “Commit thy works unto the LORD.” That means, give Him the load to carry and not try to take it back again! It’s the idea of moving it from oneself (self-trust) to God and resting in His sovereignty. This does not mean that we just sit idly and wait for God’s will/direction in the decision to fall into our laps. But instead, we apply godly wisdom, continuing to seek the Lord and listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 2:10 states that “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” God has a purpose for our lives, which were established for us before we were. Even those that rebel against God and reject Him and His plan for their lives will not catch Him off guard, but still fall within what was God’s eternal plan with the way they chose to live their lives. All of our decisions can be filtered through asking “Does it bring glory to God?” Does it agree with Scripture (also taking godly advice given into account)? Am I using the talents/gifts that God has given me?