Proverbs 16
The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. 3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. 4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. 7 When a man's ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 10 Divination is on the lips of the king; His mouth must not transgress in judgment. 11 Honest weights and scales are the Lord's; All the weights in the bag are His work. 12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right. 14 As messengers of death is the king's wrath, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of the king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain. 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he. 21 The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. 25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord. (New King James Version)

Gold Nugget
9 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. 


I am grateful for a God that allows us the ability to follow His direction or not. It would be unfortunate if I was forced to follow Him. The mindless civilization that unknowingly follows someone or an idea not knowing he has a choice, does not appeal to me. Knowing that He chose me and I chose Him results in a mutual relationship. Either one of us can decide to walk away at any time. That may seem crazy to put into words, but it’s as true as the day is long. I know that He would never leave me, but I also know it is by His choice. It’s important to me as well, knowing that He knows I chose Him. That being said, my heart determines my way (A man's heart deviseth his way). I choose whether I want to serve Him well or serve Him at all. I love being able to choose, but I take direction from Him (but the LORD directeth his steps). I am at peace with Him as my GPS (God Positioning System). I need Him to know my position and point me in the right direction. He can see the road blocks and detours. He knows when the traffic is too heavy and the conditions are unsafe. If I get off course, he can direct me from where I am to where I need to be. I love His turn by turn features and I love when He speaks to me about my present course. My problem is too often I don’t turn the GPS on. I will try to navigate on my own. I will end up lost and far from my destination on the wrong side of town every time. I am learning that it just isn’t worth it to leave my GPS at home. I want it everywhere I go. When someone gets a new navigation system for their car, they have it on all the time. They turn it on to go to the grocery store around the corner, just to be amazed at its knowledge. They love to hear its voice. After a while, the new wears off. They will initially turn down the volume and eventually turn it off all together. They know where they are going… they don’t need directions. Don’t let this be the case for your God Positioning System. Keep Him on all the time with the volume on high. Turn at every instruction and find your path smoother and less painful. You will enjoy the ride much more.

Lord, I know where my direction comes from. You are the light unto my path and the lamp unto my feet. I will not wonder from your instructions, but stay close to your voiceAmen

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