Proverbs 16 9-16-20

We all have plans. Jesus calls us to give up those plans and assume His plans. It’s what Lordship is all about.

1 To mankind belongs the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue. The right answer is, “Yes, LORD!”

2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD. We can justify anything, but the LORD knows our deepest desires.

3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. By committing to the LORD what we do, we are allowing Him to control our hands and feet, our thoughts and our deeds. He establishes us in righteousness.

4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end–even the wicked for a day of disaster. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7 Self-explanatory.

5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. We are proud of heart when we tell God, “No.” God doesn’t tell us what to do just for the fun of it. It’s a dangerous world out there and Satan waits to trap us at every turn! God wants to protect us. Let’s trust Him!

For a good picture of human nature, look at Jonah. He had signed up for what I call, “selective service,” meaning that he wanted to select about what he would prophesy. Sounds pretty cocky, doesn’t it? But, isn’t that exactly what we do when we tell God, “No?” That we don’t want to do what He wants us to do–or do it His way? Or in His time? We usurp the role of God. NOT GOOD! It’s rebellion at its finest.

Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:23. He also quoted Moses, Love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Mark 12:30-31. And, “A new command I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must love one another. This is how the world will know that you are my disciples if you have love one for another.” John 13:34-35

Do you get the picture? If we really love Jesus, we won’t put any demands on Him, nor will we insist on our own way. We will die to ourselves and allow Him to live through us as we obey Him. We haven’t talked much about the rewards of obedience. There’s a certain satisfaction that He gives us when we are obedient. We can take pride in being His obedient children–not that we compare ourselves to others, but rather to what we were without Christ. Actually, “relief” may be a better term! Then, there’s the love, joy and peace that flow from Him and His throne. When we “stand” near Him, these traits flow off of Him and onto us! Even His fragrance embraces us. We are the aroma of Christ to the world (2 Corinthians 2:15). And, it comes from being close to Him.

Folks, if we really want to be His disciples, it takes what we’ve talked about here. Let’s put our hand to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62). He’s worth it!

Abba, I’m speaking to myself here. When You called me, You didn’t give me any pat answer to what I was going to be doing for You. I was to be available. I still am! I figure that You will equip me for whatever You have for me to do–and You have! It’s been an adventure working for You and walking with You. I’m ready to do some more! Lead on, my King. Amen.

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