Pathways Through Proverbs
November 16, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 16
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- The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
- All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
- Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
- The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
- Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
- By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.
- When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.
- A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
- A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment.
- A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
- It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.
- Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaketh right.
- The wrath of a king is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.
- In the light of the king's countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the latter rain.
- How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!
- The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.
- Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
- Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
- He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.
- The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
- Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
- The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
- Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
- There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
- He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
- An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
- A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
- A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
- He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
- The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.
- He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
- The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
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In today's verse we see the proper method for handling the situations of life and the end result of doing so. Solomon establishes two principles for making good decisions. First of all, he states that decisions should be handled wisely. Biblical knowledge should be applied to every set of circumstances. A man should not rely on his own opinions, nor on the concepts of the ungodly, but should make his choice and deal with his problem strictly in accordance with the Word of God. Note here that this man "handles" his situation. He doesn't allow it to fester, nor does he simply hope that it will go away. He deals with it, but always in a Biblical manner.
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Second, he trusts in the Lord. This is very important, for sometimes it seems that doing things the Bible way may not be the smartest decision. Because man's wisdom is faulty, a man may think that God's plan won't work in his particular situation. He may see his circumstances as being unique, and thus requiring a different solution than the one spelled out in the Scriptures. However, he needs to trust that the Lord knows what he is doing, and that His wisdom is best regardless of whether or not the man completely understands it. When he simply trusts and obeys, he will make the correct decision.
Finally, Solomon points out the end result of making the wise choice. He states that the individual will "find good". This means that the results of the wise choice are good for the man, and for those around him. This does not necessarily mean that he won't have any more problems, for we know that those who walk with the Lord may suffer at the hands of the world. However, the Lord will be pleased with him, and will provide for him in this life, and reward him in eternity.
What issues are you faced with today? Handle them God's way, and His blessings will be on you
Pastor Mark J Montgomery