Bible Reading: Proverbs 16.5-9
Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished. 6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil. 7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness Than great income with injustice. 9 The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
Something that God has been showing me and teaching me over the last few weeks is that He truly orders our days. I look over my life and can see without a doubt how He has truly done that in my life. God is sovereign over all and as Solomon says here, “the mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (16.9). So as a result of this truth how shall we spend our days? I believe the four verses before tell us.
First, we are to humble ourselves before the Lord. Solomon says, we should not be prideful, arrogant or set ourselves against God. Those who do will surely find the punishment of God.
Second, we must trust the Lord. Solomon parallels two qualities that he calls us to have: faithful loyal love and fearing God. This is a life that trusts in the Lord and repents from living according to their own ways or the ways of the world. Faith in Christ’s atonement is what turns away the divine anger against sin and before God it is as though we have not sinned. Jesus is our only hope and we must trust Him daily.
Third, as we humble ourselves before the Lord and trust Him He makes us have favor with others including our enemies. This is what the church in the first century experienced as it says, “they were having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved” (Acts 2.47). We are called to live a life pleasing to God that we might not only gain the favor of others, but that they might also come to know Christ as their Savior.
Fourth, pursuing righteousness is better than injustice. This might seem obvious, but when you throw money in the picture our choices and decisions can be clouded and misguided when it comes to what is right and just. So, whether with little or much pursue right living in all you do.
Let us be humble trust the Sovereign Lord and live rightly for His glory as He gives us favor with others.
Memory Verse: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16.3