Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 16
Verse 9: “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”
Over the years I’ve heard many references to the scripture that says, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”(Psalm 37:4) Unfortunately, it is too often used to justify our desires outside of God’s will. The truth is not all of our desires are of the Lord and God is not obligated to give you these things you desire. For one, the scripture says first to “Delight yourself also in the LORD”. This means we find delight in the things He wants and desires. Another thing that “links” with Him giving you the desires of your heart is the fact that He should have already created in you a New Heart. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”(Psalm 51:10) This means the desires of your new heart is filled with His desires and desires for Him. The desires (lust) of the flesh are not included in this formula and will not be honored by God. As today's “gold nugget” says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”
We find another scripture in James 3:8 “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” As true as this is, it isn’t an excuse to say what you want without accountability. Jesus said, “out of the abundance of the heart a man’s mouth speaks.” So the tongue really only reflects the “contents” of the heart. Since we now have a new heart with godly contents we don’t have to worry about the fact that the tongue cannot be controlled. What the mouth speaks now will be of a godly nature.
Lord, I love this interaction between us. When we put your truths in order and walk in them, it is as beautiful as a dance with you. Sometimes we just need to improve on our steps and get in rhythm with you. Amen
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