Thankful for God’s Purposes!
Scripture reading for July 18th: Proverbs 16-20
Key Scriptures: Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 20:5 “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” Proverbs 20:24 “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”
The writer of Proverbs understood a little of the mystery of God’s purposes and direction of men. Men have many plans and dreams of the future and what it might hold. They often try and work out those plans and purposes. Men of insight into God’s will and Word draw out God’s purposes from the deep waters of the heart of God. But sometimes, man’s steps are taken from the path of our will into new territory through events and circumstances beyond our control. This is a mystery only understood as we seek God and walk with Him.
Our God leads us into His will: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:26-28)