All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the spirits.
Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.
“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself,” Jeremiah 10:23 says. “It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
We are not competent to direct our own lives. The Lord created us so that we would need Him to guide us in the best direction. He gave us the freedom to choose the way to go in life (Deuteronomy 30:19). However, left to our own reasoning, we will think everything is all alright. We will think nothing is wrong with our sin. But when what is wrong is uncovered by the truth of God’s Word, our foolishness becomes obvious. It is crucial that we constantly renew our minds with the truth of God’s Word for our thoughts and our plans to be established (Romans 12:2).
Proverbs 16:3 speaks of our thoughts being “established.” Proverbs 16:1 speaks of our hearts being “prepared.” We prepare our hearts to receive God’s truth when we are renewed in our thoughts by the Word. We conform to His Word when His truth is established in our hearts (Romans 12:2).
Strong’s Concordance says that “works” in Hebrew means “an action [good or bad]; generally, a transaction; abstractly, activity; by implication, a product [specifically, a poem] or [generally] property.”
When we turn our “works” over to the Lord, then our thoughts—our plans—will be established.
“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits” (Proverbs 16:2).
Only the Lord can correctly evaluate and direct our lives. We can’t correctly direct and evaluate ourselves. This is why we must have God’s input. This is why we need the Word of God to teach us the way to go.
Solomon’s wisdom reveals what will happen when you subject your “works”—all of your actions, plans, and activities to the evaulation of the Lord. The Holy Spirit will weed out all that is incorrect—all that is wrong. And what is left will be established.
His plans will be your plans, and they will succeed.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher