Proverbs 16:8-11 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right. A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps. A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment. A just weight and balance are the LORD’S: all the weights of the bag are his work.
There have long been several views as to the amount of control God exercises in the individual life of man. Some believe man has a complete free will, and God has little or no control in one’s life. While others believe that man has no control over his life at all. Their belief is that God foreordained in time past if a person would go to heaven or hell. Then there are the rest of us, who believe the truth dwells somewhere between both of those understandings.
Believing the Bible must never contradict itself; we must also look at verse nine in this chapter to help reconcile the question at hand. It says, “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Man clearly has within himself the ability to make decisions for life. To choose good or evil. If this were not so, we would have no need for the sharing of the gospel at all. Man would simply just do what God designed for him to do.
However, to say that God does not touch the lives of man is equally absurd. If we give our lives and our ways over to the Lord, He will direct our paths in ways that please Him and will ultimately be for our own good. Nevertheless, God, who knows the beginning from the end, also knows what will happen when sinful man rejects Him. Then, being God, He can even use that to fulfill the outcome He has given us in the pages of His Word.
It is not now, nor has it ever been God’s desire for anyone to die and go to hell. However, He’s chosen to allow man to make that choice. To do otherwise would remove from man the ability to love Him freely. Without free will, we would simply be robots. God desires for us to want to love and obey Him. It was that way in Eden with Adam and Eve, and nothing has changed.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
Give control of your day to God, and see what He will do with it, and with you. How do you give the day to God? You do so moment by moment. The first moment starts right now!
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Psalms 78 – 84 / Proverbs 16:8-11
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Chron. 24-27 / Acts 8
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