Proverbs 18 5-18-18

We were never designed to decide anything on our own. The Spirit desires to be involved in EVERY decision we make.

[2] A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions.

[13] He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame.

These verses apply to everyday conversations with people, but they also apply to our conversations with the Lord. Our “old man” wants to make the final decision; our “new man” wants us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 4:5).

Trusting in our own understanding is a form of wickedness–our pride is showing! All of a sudden, the world’s ways don’t seem quite so evil and God’s ways seem prudish and outdated. We begin to hold God in contempt:

[3] When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes disgrace. [12] Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.

If we take 3:6 seriously (in all your ways acknowledge Him), we will consider the Lord’s opinion above our own. Know this: the more we do, the more we will trust Him. Also, the more time we spend with Him in our decision-making, the sweeter our fellowship with Him gets!

“Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.”

Let’s be wise in His eyes today. Let’s consult Him in every decision. Now, THAT’S walking with Jesus!

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