Tag: casting lots
Scripture reading for July 8th: Proverbs 14-17
Divine guidance is something we all seek. I often think how nice it would be to have God audibly tell me what to do each day and how to fulfill His purpose for me. God has given us His word as divine guidance to shed light on His will and path. (Psalm 119:105) We also have the Holy Spirit living in us to lead and guide us into all the truth. (John 16:13-15) Jesus promised that His sheep would hear His voice and follow Him. (John 10:3-6) Divine guidance is available to God’s children from a variety of sources. God can speak in an audible voice, but often His guidance comes through His word and by the Holy Spirit speaking to our spirits in the inner man through words, visions, dreams, and desires of our hearts.
“To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:1-3)
Planning is a part of wise living. We must use our talents, intellect, and ability to live our life for the glory of God. However, God must and does have the final say about our plans. He gives directions and often our mouths and tongues are used in guiding us. Words are important and come from our hearts. Motives behind our plans and words are sometimes hidden from our understanding, but God is able to see to the heart of all our motives.
As we plan, we are to remember God in all our ways. (Proverbs 3:5-7) He promises direction and success as we honor Him by seeking His input. The Amplified Bible states that God causes our thoughts to line up to His will when we commit our plans to Him. The Apostle Paul states it another way; “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” “The lot is cast in the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:9, 33) God is involved in our lives more than we like to think! God orders the steps of His own and even “luck” is directed by Him!