Day 16: Proverbs 16:1-2
The plans of the heart belong to man,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
- Man can choose the plans for his life, but at the end of the day the Lord has the final say.
- Man views everything they do as pure, but the Lord knows the true intention, thought, and motivation behind every thought and action.
- While man can desire and believe everything they do is pure and righteous the Lord can see the true location and desire of their heart.
- Humbleness, wisdom, and trust in the Lord are reoccurring themes in Chapter 16.
- Pride is a dangerous attribute for followers of Christ to possess as it can lead us astray and down the wrong paths.
It is easy for us to justify and believe in our actions and the desires of our hearts. Even when we try to hide what is in our heart, it is still made known to the Lord. When we are constantly justifying why we are doing what we are doing, it is hard to turn away from our sinful behavior and follow the Lord fully. Often it is hard for us to understand what we are doing is sinful because a man sees his actions as pure. We need to take a step back and allow the Lord to direct our steps. Verse 9 tells us, “the heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” We know the Lord will have his way in our lives one way or another. For some reason we often take the hard route but that is not what God wants for us. He wants us to trust fully in Him and to seek His will for our lives as we take steps. If we are prayerfully taking the steps He directs life will be so much more peaceful.
Unfortunately, pride has taken root in man. Many of us will admit there are some aspects of pride in our lives. Others will say that it is a constant daily struggle. Verse 18 tells us, “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” The Lord wishes for us to seek wisdom and act with humble hearts and thanksgiving. Pride leads to many other difficult circumstances in our walks with the Lord. If we ever want to seek Him fully and walk completely in His calling, we must first lose the pride that has taken root in our lives.
Lord, I need you now, more than ever. I need you to help me become aware of where pride has taken hold in my life. I need you to help me humble myself and walk away from the pride in my life. Lord, please help me seek wisdom over all other things. I ask you to direct my steps. I want to lay down my pride and stubbornness before you today. I no longer want to fight you in this journey. Lord please have your way in my life and direct me according to the will you have placed upon my life. May my heart and actions be focused on you and where you want to lead me rather than what I think is best for me. Lord you are what is best for me and what I need now and forever. Amen.
- Chris Poole