Proverbs 16: 2, 3 (NCV) “You may believe you are doing right, but the Lord will judge your reasons. Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”
When reading through Proverbs 16 this morning, I decided to use it as a type of “check-up” guide to examine the motives behind the things I do and the way I live my daily life. Verse 2 says
“You may believe you are doing right but the Lord will judge your reasons.” (Proverbs 16:2)
The Lord sees EVERYTHING. There is not ONE thing I can hide from Him. I find that truth in Psalm 139:2 “You know my thoughts before I even think them.”
This means that when I depend on the Lord in whatever I do (v3) my plans will succeed. (see also 2 Corinthians 9:8, Proverbs 3:6) When I live in such a manner that is pleasing to the Lord, even my enemies will make peace with me (Proverbs 16:7). I know the thought of this can be a stretch, but that’s what God’s word says. “If we listen to what is taught we will succeed” and if I trust in the Lord (in all things at all times) I will be happy (Proverbs 16:20).
WOW! Just think, even in the deepest darkest valley of my life I can be “happy”. The same is true for you. We can all be full of peace and joy because Jesus gives us peace that surpasses all understanding (John 14: 27).
What are the motivations behind things you do and say? Would they bring honor and glory God? If not, this is an area to grow in. Remember the Lord knows and sees all.