A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The preparations of the heart belong to man,
But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the LORD weighs the spirits.
3 Commit your works to the LORD,
And your thoughts will be established.
4 The LORD has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD;
Though they join forces, none will go unpunished.
6 In mercy and truth
Atonement is provided for iniquity;
And by the fear of the LORD one departs from evil.
7 When a man’s ways please the LORD,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
8 Better is a little with righteousness,
Than vast revenues without justice.
9 A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.
10 Divination is on the lips of the king;
His mouth must not transgress in judgment.
11 Honest weights and scales are the LORD’s;
All the weights in the bag are His work.
12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness,
For a throne is established by righteousness.
13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings,
And they love him who speaks what is right.
14 As messengers of death is the king’s wrath,
But a wise man will appease it.
15 In the light of the king’s face is life,
And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.
16 How much better to get wisdom than gold!
And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil;
He who keeps his way preserves his soul.
18 Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good,
And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it.
But the correction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.
27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
He purses his lips and brings about evil.
31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is found in the way of righteousness.
32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the LORD.
Thought of the Day
“Where God’s finger points, His hand will make the way”
When I went to Moody Bible Institute as an 18-year-old, I enrolled in the pastors program. I could picture myself preaching and leading a church just as my home church pastor was doing. Then, after hearing about the five faithful missionaries to the Auca Indians who were tragically killed in Ecuador, I even considered dedicating my life to missions.
But God had a different course laid out for me. Through His clear leading, and in accordance with the gifts He had given me, I became a teacher, editor, and writer.
Most of us have had similar experiences. We think ahead and carefully work out a plan. We picture in our minds with great detail how our future is going to unfold. But things don’t go as planned. Some doors close, while others open. If this happens to you, it may be that God has something completely different in mind.
It’s good to plan and dream and think ahead. But we must always be open to God-appointed changes in direction. “A man’s heart plans his way,” Solomon wrote, “but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
God will never mislead us. When we trust Him with all our heart, He will direct our paths (Prov. 3:5-6). His way is always best. —David C. Egner (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
Should mystery enshroud His plan
And our short sight be dim,
We will not try the whole to scan
But leave each thread to Him. —Murray
Personal Reflection and Discussion
Verse 19–Solomon talks of being humble. To be humble does not mean that you become someone with no backbone and everyone can walk all over you. I know a lot of people who think that way and want no part of it. Being humble means you take no pride in what you feel you have accomplished. You take no pride in how you look, how smart you are, how rich you are. A righteous person will give God the glory for all he is or all he has. That is what Solomon is saying. Pride can be destructive and will bring down any who are prideful. Always remember and give thanks to God for what he blesses us with.
Throughout the Bible pride has been the fall of men. We need to open our hearts and come to serve as Christ did and we do we become like him.
Vrs 1, 4, 9 and to end it all vrs 33 all talk about our part vrs God’s part. Our plans vrs God’s will. God has supermacy over all…even the wicked. There’s a greater good for everything. Freedom of will is a complicated and sensative subject. Trying to figure out how much freedom we really have is something we all wonder about; especially as Americans…who ironicly have more freedoms than others. We wonder, doubt, if our country is really built on democracy, “for the people, by the people”? How much does our votes really count. Vrs 33, ” The vote is cast into our laps, but it’s every decision, the whole disposing thereof is of and from, the Lord.”
Some people like to make it seem as if our votes count much more than they really do. In reality they’re more like suggestions to those who formally make the decision, those in the electoral college vote. But should we complain? This was wisely built into the system by our forefathers for our protection.
There needs to be a healthty balance to governing. Not everything that is permissiable is adviseable; and not everthing we want is really good for us, now or in the long run. They are poeple entrusted in office (now that’s where our votes really do count) whom we trust and follow. There could be a whole sermon on that topic. Whom do we make lord of our lives and trust has our best interest at heart?
But even in the bigger government there is balance. If we voice our opinions enough; supposily given it much thought and feel strongly about it; then they’re usually are heard and differences made. God is not too different in that aspect. Remember the woman who begged Jesus for healing for her child. Here’s something we need to be rememinded of often… we’re children and God is our father. As parents we could better understand the differences of weight of choices given to the parent vrs the child. Vrs 18 & 20. If left to govern ourselves our end would be death, vrs 25…thank God for his divine, kingly intervention.
Wow, I did not see anything about our government when I read these verses but good job Amalia, I do like the way you put your post and brought it back to the point of the text. Keep up the good work.