For those of you that don’t know, I love Disney. Like, a lot. But one thing that often bothers me about many of the movies is the message to follow your heart. It sounds nice, but I know if I always followed my heart, I would not be in a good place. The beginning of Proverbs 16 reminds me of this.
If we just follow our hearts, we are likely to go the wrong way. We need to seek the LORD, and He will establish our steps (16:9). When we set our hearts on the LORD, then we become the wise. When we are the wise, then we become the discerning (16:21), the ones who say what is right (16:23). There are examples of many kinds of people in these chapters, but one thing is clear – all of the good things come from God.
A couple other of the lines of these proverbs stood out to me:
17:6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
I have a daughter, and I know how much she is loved by her grandparents. I may have even heard them say something like grandkids are better than kids. What really struck me in this one is that parents are the pride of their children. Am I living a life that my child would be proud of? I mean, she is almost 2 right now – she loves everything I do. But give it a few years – are my actions worthy of her pride? Maybe some of you reading are parents and can ask yourselves this. Maybe some of you are younger – direct yourselves to that first part – are you living a life that makes you a crown to your grandparents?
18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
When we talk, do we think about this big of an impact in what we say? The power of life and death. Sometimes we (or at least I) say the first thing that comes to my mind, and it is not always the best thing. If I could remember this proverb, would it make me take the time to think about what I am going to say before I say it? I hope so.
As you read through these chapters, spend some time focusing on the lines that stand out to you. Take time to examine the parts of your life that might be calling out as you read these Proverbs.
Today’s Bible reading can be read or listened to at https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+16-18&version=NIV
Tomorrow’s reading will be Proverbs 19-21 as we continue the 2020 Chronological Bible Reading Plan