June 8: Proverbs 16-18
1 The plans 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 spirit.
3 Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
4 The Lord has made everything for its purpose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.
5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
be assured, he will not go unpunished.
6 By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
7 When a man's ways please the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
9 The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.
11 A just balance and scales are the Lord's;
all the weights in the bag are his work.
33 The lot is cast into the lap,
but its every decision is from the Lord.
Proverbs 16:1-7, 9, 11 & 33
3 The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold,
and the Lord tests hearts.
15 He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
Proverbs 17:3 & 15
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the Lord.
Proverbs 18:10 & 22
As we look at the phrase, The LORD, what do we glean from today's reading from Proverbs 16-18?
*We make our plans, but the answer if from the Lord.
*All of our words seem pure to us, but the Lord weighs the spirit.
*When we commit our work to the Lord, all of our plans are established.
*The Lord has made everything for His purpose including the wicked.
*Arrogant people are an abomination to the Lord, and will not go unpunished.
*Only through the fear of the Lord can we turn away from evil.
*When we please the Lord, He gives us peace with everyone, including our enemies.
*We plan things in our hearts, but our ways are established by the Lord.
*Justice is from the Lord.
*There is no such a thing as chance; God even rules over the "toss of the dice."
*Just as silver and gold are purified through fire, God tests our hearts.
*Those who justify the wicked or condemn the righteous are an abomination of the Lord.
*God is a strong tower; we are safe when we run to Him.
*When a man finds a wife, he obtains favor from the Lord.
As I read through these statements I was amazed by how much we learn of God in just a few chapters of Proverbs, and was again amazed at the wisdom of Solomon. Did you notice that there are no "gray" areas as we learn about the Lord? He is our rock, our strong tower, and One who will never fail us.
I am also encouraged by knowing that I am safely in God's hands; there is no such thing as chance, because nothing can overrule the power of God. Though God allows us to go through trials, sometimes to the point of overwhelming us, as His children we are never outside of His care.
I am also reminded, that when I come before God, there is nothing that He does not know, even of the innermost thoughts and intents of my heart. I can go to Him with every dark, deep secret I may have, because He already knows about it.
As we read a few days ago in Proverbs 3:5 & 6, today's passage again asserts:
5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.
from the King James Version of the Bible
God Bless You,
Unless otherwise noted, all Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.