Proverbs 16 8-16-20

Much thought has been given concerning Christ’s Return. We know this: HE WILL RETURN SOON! He said so.

1 To mankind belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.

We must be careful to state ONLY what Scripture shows. Jesus told us in Revelation 22:7, “Look, I am coming soon!” and again in verse 12, “Look, I am coming soon!” This promise we can count on. WHEN He is returning is entirely up to Him. We have hints and some vague signs, but nothing that we can nail down as definitive. Because of the mystery behind His coming, we must make sure that our motives are correct when discussing this topic.

2 All a person’s way seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 

We can get in the flesh really quick when someone disagrees with us, especially if he does it in a disrespectful or aggressive manner. We must guard against rash actions that might pop into our heads. Usually, it’s not a physical fight we desire, but one of words. Verbal sparring can be fun, but can easily slide into warring words. Ephesians 4 tells us to guard against such behavior:

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another,forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.

When discussing end times, let’s make sure that our goal is to broaden people’s perspective and to help them grow their faith by believing in Christ’s imminent return. Assurance in salvation is one of the first orders of business. Staying connected daily and continuously to the Spirit is next. Being open with our faith follows after that. We plant, water and weed, and trust in God to give the harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6-8).

4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end–even the wicked for a day of disaster.

God has a plan and He is working that plan. How much choice we have in it depends upon our view of Scripture. I happen to think that because I have choice at all means that there is maneuverability within His plan. Knowing that He is omni-present (everywhere at once), I believe that God is everywhere in TIME, also, which means that all of our decision are dynamic to Him: It is always NOW to God. He can know the beginning and the end at the same “time” because it’s all the same “time” to Him. I believe that we have limited choice for all decisions, which is limited to obedience and disobedience according to His Spirit. Believing the way I do is why I teach total dependence and complete trust in the Holy Spirit for EVERY decision.

There is one more verse from today’s chapter that I would like to discuss:

5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Our attitude toward others, especially concerning discussions about end times, must be done in love and in humility. We DO NOT want to be disciplined by the LORD. Instead, let us see each other as puzzle pieces: each of us has partial knowledge; it’s only when we get together in love and harmony that we begin to see the bigger picture. That picture grows as more and more of His children get together. One day, we will ALL get together and we will have the whole picture–in His Presence! Of that day we are assured. Jesus is, indeed, coming soon!

Today, let us draw close to Jesus in worship and fellowship, in Bible study and prayer. It’s important to Him and it’s important for us.

Abba, You keep showing me pieces of the puzzle of what is to come. I know that I will not fully understand until I see You face to face. I’m okay with that. I trust Your judgement and Your timing. Today, may I worship You in spirit and in truth; may I sing Your praises and lift Your name high both in song and in my daily life. Blessed be Your name, LORD Jesus. Amen.

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