Proverbs 16:1 - 3, 7, 9 and 16
The theme of the book of Proverbs is wisdom vs. foolishness. As a rule, the pursuit and obedience of wisdom will lead you into a righteous life of blessing and prosperity that is pleasing to God.
For this post, I have selected several Proverbs that I have found to be very practical in everyday life. Take a look and see what you think.
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 clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives. 3 Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.
When making and executing plans, keep God in the loop, He’ll give you the answers you need. He will weigh your motives as well as those of the people you are working with. This can avoid serious pitfalls as you proceed. Be sure to commit your plans and works to God and He will establish your goings. Learn to see your life as a partnership with God, who as the senior partner will take every step with you bestowing wisdom on you as you go with the result of a positive outcome. Don’t go out on your own only to crash and burn
7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him.
I could tell of a few meetings I was scheduled to attend where some amount of conflict was inevitable. I went in feeling a little shaky, but as things progressed it was evident that God had His hand on things and people with a beneficial outcome. I was glad that Proverbs was at work in my life making my ways pleasing to the Lord.
Proverbs 16:9 9 The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
Group this one with our opening set and remember to plan, but let God direct your ways.
Proverbs 16:16 16 How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver.
When developing a value system, agree with God on this Proverb – it’s the activator of the whole thing.