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November 26-27, 2017

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Reading along with us in Proverbs? Here’s today’s reading:

Proverbs 16 (ESV)

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.
Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.
The Lord has made everything for its purpose,
    even the wicked for the day of trouble.
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord;
    be assured, he will not go unpunished.
By steadfast love and faithfulness iniquity is atoned for,
    and by the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil.
When a man’s ways please the Lord,
    he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him..
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  1. 3 Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.

    This reminds me of a sermon that was said at my school a couple years ago. The speaker, in short, said this “Love God then do what you want”. The point of his message was not to do whatever you please but truly commit your ways to God. His message was that if you are truly loving God with everything you are, being in His word and prayer, and are invested in growing and sanctification; then your plans and your ideas will line up with God’s. Then you will be able to do what you want, because what you want will also be what God wants!

  2. Because Proverbs is rich in wisdom and I think it would be good to spread the wealth for another time in our Bible reading, we will move on from Proverbs while we are in the middle here and jump back to the New Testament in the book of Ephesians. But there are those in their Bible devotionals who read a Proverb along with whatever other passage they are in to have consistent exposure to the wisdom and insight here.

  3. Yes Sarah, seems like many of these Proverbs are focused on the plans we make in light of God’s plans and His plans will always prevail, so best for us to align our plans with His. Verse 2 is a good one: “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” And we may find ourselves quoting verse 18, but it is good to have the place it is in the Scriptures reinforced by our reading here: Pride goes before destruction, a haughty Spirit before a fall.

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