Today’s Reading: Proverbs 7 – 13
The WAY of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
They have no idea what they are stumbling over.
My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart for they bring life to those who find them,
and healing to their whole body.
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the COURSE of your life.
Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.
Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a STRAIGHT PATH for your feet; stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. – Proverbs 4:18-27
In his quest to help us find wisdom and in order that we might gain insight, King Solomon warns us to choose righteousness and to run from sinful ways. I connect with his analogy of life as a path that we are walking. It makes sense to me and it is easy for me to apply to this life’s journey. There is a straight path that is safe, but to wander off of the road marked out for us is dangerous. We should avoid evil and everything related to it, especially in our speech. To choose a life of sin is unwise.
For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining EVERY PATH HE TAKES.
An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. – Prov. 5:21-22
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. – Prov. 14:12
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told!
The prudent carefully consider their steps.
The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. – Proverbs 14:15-16
We plunge ahead with our own plans, with our own ideas of what is the right life for us. We try to create a new road, one we think will bring us the most joy. But there is no greater joy than to commit everything to the Lord and let Him determine our direction and path.
We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed…
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. – Prov. 16:1-3,9
Proverbs 16:3 was the verse I clung to as I made plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University. My family did not have a lot of money and it seemed impossible to be able to afford the college of my dreams. I stood at the fork in the road and begged God for the chance to walk down that path. I committed my future to Him and gave Him ALL the glory when the grants and scholarships came in, giving me a full ride to Olivet.
Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. – Proverbs 16:20
We throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall. – Proverbs 16:33
You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. – Proverbs 19:21
The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? – Proverbs 20:24
That verse describes me well. Why do I attempt to understand all the details along the way? Lord, GUIDE MY HEART, DIRECT MY STEPS. May I have a heart that genuinely seeks you before I take any step. Lord, help me to trust you more. Keep my heart on the right course. Amen.
The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he guides it wherever he pleases.
People may be right in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their heart. – Proverbs 21:1-2
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord. – Proverbs 21:30
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences. – Proverbs 22:3
Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.
For it is good to keep these saying in your heart and always ready on your lips.
I am teaching you today – yes, you – so you will trust in the Lord. – Proverbs 22:17-19
Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge. – Proverbs 23:12
My child, listen and be wise:
Keep your heart on the right course. – Proverbs 23:19