Proverbs 16:1-3, “The preparations of the heart in man and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weighs the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
We often think we are the one who is making the decisions. But it is God who works in us both to will and to do. It is He who causes our hearts to hear and respond. We also think we may be living righteously and yet withholding those areas that we “just can’t let go of” and think that it brings no harm to others to “hold onto them”. So we go about our way believing in our righteousness and find that we are lacking because the LORD reveals our heart and calls our pride sin. (See Philippians 2:13 and Psalms 10:17). We can plan, we can scheme and we can think on our own, but God is the one who allows us to move forward; without His blessings, devastation stands in the way. If we consider our plans only after we have sought God then we can know that we will find direction. Even those things that are not His plan will be revealed in such rich ways that we will see His truth in amazing ways. God is concerned for us and He desires that we walk in the Truth. He always weighs our motives and always gives us instructions accordingly.
Even though we may be allowed to follow our well laid paths to destruction by trusting in ourselves; God is there to dispense His grace as we humble ourselves (see James 4:10).
Prayer: LORD we commit our works to you this day. We roll our heavy burdens onto your shoulders and ask that you clear our minds so that we can see your plan for our lives. We believe your plan is for our benefit and we hold fast to your Word. Keep us straight to the path so that we do not trust in our own work. Remind us to double check our motives and keep us from stumbling. We pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
Connie Renfro ©