#160 Proverbs 16:1-9 The Lord Establishes Their Steps

Joy:
Episode #160 Proverbs 16:1-9

Welcome

Amy:
Welcome to The Christgazing Podcast. We are so glad you are here! I’m Amy Burgin.

Joy:
I’m Joy Burgin.

Amy:
Christgazing, kind of like stargazing, is the act of looking steadily and intently at Jesus. If you are anything like us, you desire to fix your eyes on Jesus amid the distractions and troubles of this world. This podcast makes room for us to do that. Amid a world of many words, we slow down here and make space for the God-breathed Words, the best words, the ones that rightly comfort, correct, and lead us. Each week, we read a portion of scripture several times and create stillness after each reading so we might also be still and know God more.

Pour Out Your Heart to God

Amy:
Before we read, take time to share your heart with God. Maybe you have a list of questions for which you need answers—or a heart filled with grief, joy, desire, gratitude, anger, peace, or a mix of some of these things and more—whatever is on your mind, name it, and bring it to God in the next minute.

[Pause and pour out your heart to God]

What Does This Passage Say About God?

Joy:
As I read today’s passage, consider the question: What does this say about God?

Proverbs 16:1-9
1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end—
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the LORD establishes their steps.

Again?

Proverbs 16:1-9
1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end—
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the LORD establishes their steps.

Take the next few minutes to consider the question: What does this say about God?

[Pause and know]

What Does This Passage Say About People?

Joy:
As I read the passage again, consider the question, what does this say about people?

Proverbs 16:1-9
1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end—
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the LORD establishes their steps.

Take a minute to consider what this says about people.

[Pause and know]

Lord, What Would You Have Me Know Or Do Today?

Joy:
As I read for the last time, ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today in response to this passage?” 

Proverbs 16:1-9
1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
    but motives are weighed by the LORD.
3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
    and he will establish your plans.
4 The LORD works out everything to its proper end—
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.
5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
    Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
    through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.
7 When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone’s way,
    he causes their enemies to make peace with them.
8 Better a little with righteousness
    than much gain with injustice.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
    but the LORD establishes their steps.

Take a minute to ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today?”

[Pause and listen]

Blessing

Joy:
Christgazer, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. And may you keep your face turned toward Jesus today and know him more.

One Response

Amy:
I’ll close with a prayer for guidance, taken from the Book of Common Prayer.

Oh God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for the godly: Grand us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what thou wouldest have us to do, that the spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in thy light we may see right, and in thy straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing

Amy:
You can find a transcript of this episode and all our episodes at amyburgin.com. Joy and I will be back next week to go Christgazing together. Until then, don’t forget, when you put your trust in Christyou are one in whom he dwells and delightsa dearly loved child of God. You are royalty in his strong and unshakeable kingdom. Though trouble abounds, Christ prevails, and so do you.

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