Thursday, 23 June 2011

Proverbs 21

Lets get straight into it!

Vs 1:  The king's heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord, He turns it wherever He pleases.
This is an excellent goal - to have our hearts directed by the Lord, turning it where He wants it to go!
Which way is God directing you?

Vs 2:  People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord examines the heart.
Its all about motives.  Ask yourself why you want to do something.  Why do you want to be involved?  Is it to look good?  Or is it a genuine desire to do what you feel God want you to do?  Often when I have done something and it goes wrong, when I look closer, my motives were not pure.  I did it for a response, or to look good, or to feel better about myself.  When in fact, I should be doing it for God.

What are your motives?
Vs 9:  It is better to live alone in the corner of an attic that with a contentious wife in a lovely home.
Vs 19:  It is better to live alone in the desert than with a crabby, complaining wife.
Okay, so now I just feel picked on!
Is this me? Yikes

Vs 23:  Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles
Okay, so this one helps me not be represented in vss 9 and 19!

Vs 31:  The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.
This speaks of making preparations, plans, etc.  Without the Lord these plans will come to nothing or at least they won't be anywhere near as effective or productive as with the Lord.

We need God in our Planning!
We are nothing without the Lord.  My need of the Lord is great and His grace and mercy to lead me and guide me, despite my stubbornness and my faults, is humbling.

What verse in this chapter stands out for you?

God bless
Tracy

14 comments:

  1. Alone in the corner of an attic sounds so much better than trapped inside a car driving bickering children around - as long as it isn't dusty and full of spiders.
    How come the bible doesn't peak about contentious children?

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  2. Hi Stefanie. I think it does, they're called the children of Israel! Only joking
    God bless
    Tracy

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  3. Tracy,
    You are doing such an amazing job in your journey through Proverbs! :) It is just delightful to read your comments on each respective verse; gives me new perspective! :)
    Denise

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  4. Hi Denise. Thank you very much, I appreciate your feedback!
    Tracy

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  5. Verse 2 stands out to me. I'm always needing to do heart checks to make sure my motives are aligned with His.

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  6. verse 30~~~~"There is no [human] wisdom or understanding or counsel [that can prevail] against the Lord."

    I'm very thankful that He is above all. Nothing that we see can outdo Him.

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  7. For so long man has sat in a seat of judgement and I thank God that He does not judge by what is on the outside but that He looks at my heart. AMEN

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  8. I love all these verses. They all speak to me. But verse 23 is one I am working on. Let my words be few. Great post!

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  9. Hi Eileen, Pam and Lisa. Its hard to choose which verse stands out the most because they're all so profound on their own. Thanks for commenting.

    Hi Desiray - thanks for visiting. Unfortunately man is judgemental. Especially of the outside. I agree with you whole-heartedly - thank goodness God sees our hearts.

    God bless
    Tracy

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  10. I am always checking myself on
    #2. Am I right with God in what I am doing or I am doing it to look good? I found He will squash my plans if they are done out of an impure heart.

    Blessings to you Tracy.

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  11. Tracy #2 also hits home with me. At times, I've "convinced" myself I was doing something for the Lord, but really my motives were selfish.

    Thanks for a wonderful post.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  12. I really need to pray to discern what my motives are - sometimes they seem hidden to me. I tend to sometimes overanalyze and perhaps we tend to do that with our motives as well. Good post.

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  13. Hello!
    I like this process. I just answered a similar question on A Moment with God.

    Vs 31: The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.

    This is the verse that resonates for me. We can plan and prepare, but if we are not focused on His Kingdom and what is best for the Kingdom, all will be lost. He is the question and the answer.

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  14. Hi Kandi, Joan and Karin. It seems we all are concerned about our motives and I think thats a good thing. If we weren't I think we should be worried,
    God bless

    Hi Cynthia, thanks for visiting, its much appreciated. That vs also reminds me of Psalm ch 20. An awesome ch about preparing for battle - but to no avail as you need to trust in God.
    God bless
    Tracy

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