Day 159

Today’s Reading – Proverbs Chapters 16-18

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

Proverbs 16:2

We can justify any of our actions and given time . . . we will consider our motives well-intended if not pure. Consider how many times you have heard, “I didn’t mean to . . . ”
contemporary-holiday-decorationsI want to believe that Solomon gained this wisdom as he lived the many escapades of the kingdom and family under his father David’s rule. Many actions were taken that were deemed pure by those acting, but were outside of God’s plans. If only Solomon were able to follow the wisdom of his own pen.

The next proverb provides the key to the previous . . .

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. (Proverbs 16:3)

Not sure of your motives? Questioning what you should do?

Instead of convincing yourself you are right in your motives (remember we can always do that).

Try giving your plans over to God.

Commit your plans to God through prayer.

Seek counsel and prayer from other believers.

Avoid the pitfalls of motives gone wrong.

After all it seems the wise thing to do.


Tomorrow’s Readings – Proverbs Chapters 19-21




I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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