Good evening y’all. Happy Monday 🙂
Today we are studying chapter 21 of Proverbs.
Be blessed 🙂
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord , Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes”.(NKJV)
The Lord can guide our heart as He pleases. He can do whatever He wishes to do with it. That gives me comfort that God can use the same people who intended evil for me, to be a blessing to me. This shows the sovereignty of God. He created man and can do with Him whatever He pleases.
“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts”.(NKJV)
Again God’s sovereignty shown here. In our own eyes we may think we are right, but God is the one who sees deep into the secret places of our heart. We can hide from ourselves and man, but we can’t hide the truth from God. I’m reminded of what happened when Samuel went to the house of Jesse to anoint the next king of Israel. He was looking at the sons based on their outward appearance but God made him realize He doesn’t choose based on man’s standards; He looks on the heart and not outward appearance (1 Samuel 16).
Let’s be careful when men are praising us, telling us how good we are. We should go back to God and find out His opinion of us is, and if we are still on the right track.
1 Corinthians 10:12 says ” Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall”.
“The Lord is more pleased when we do what is right and just than when we offer him sacrifices”.(NLT)
God is more pleased when we do the right thing than when we offer him sacrifices. I’m reminded of 1 Samuel:15, where Saul was given an instruction from God to destroy a city completely, not leave anything at all. Saul decided to leave some of the best animals in the city with the intention of offering them as a sacrifice unto God. But God was displeased because he didn’t obey the instruction he was given. God sent the prophet back to him to tell him of his disobedience. Samuel told Saul that to obey is better than sacrifice.
“Samuel replied, “Has the Lord as much pleasure in your burnt offerings and sacrifices as in your obedience? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to him than in your offering the fat of rams to him”.(1 Sam 15: 22 TLB)
I pray God helps us to do the right thing at the right time.
“Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need”.(NLT)
We shouldn’t turn a blind eye or deaf ears to those who are in need especially when we are in a position to help them. In doing so we are opening doors for our own blessings.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 that “when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me”
Galatians 6:2 also tells us to bear one another’s burden.
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (NLT)
“There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord” (NKJV)
Nothing can beat God. He is sovereign over all. Love the message version
“Nothing clever, nothing conceived, nothing contrived, can get the better of God”” (MSG)
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord” (NLT)
Trust God for victory. Prepare for the battle. You do your bit and leave God to handle His own side. One thing stands for sure, and that is that God can never fail. Nothing or no one can compare to Him or be as powerful as He is. Everything is subject to Him. Even the demons and principalities are under His authority. Be rest assured that as long as God is on your side victory is certain.
Thanks for joining today. Pls feel free to share your thought on today’s chapter.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***