Every Decision is From the Lord (Proverbs 16:23 – 33)

23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth,
And adds learning to his lips.

24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.

26 The person who labors, labors for himself,
For his hungry mouth drives him on.

27 An ungodly man digs up evil,
And it is on his lips like a burning fire.
28 A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.
29 A violent man entices his neighbor,
And leads him in a way that is not good.
30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things;
He purses his lips and brings about evil.

31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory,
If it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap,
But its every decision is from the LORD.

This passage of the Proverbs is a polemic against the actions of the wicked, calling out  behaviors like greedy behavior, searching for evil, sowing strife, violence, perversity, and arrogance.  It conversely praises righteous, wise behavior like allowing a pure heart to control his words, making them pleasant, being slow to anger and ruling one’s spirit.  Two thoughts are very interesting, though.  The passage from verse 25 is very well-known, and shows the futility of man’s thinking versus the wisdom of God.  The last verse of the passage, 33, let’s the reader know that even when one thinks that chance has taken control of his or her destiny, even the dice is ultimately controlled by God.  He is the source, the sustainer, the redeemer of all that is the earth and humanity.  Lean on Him, and know Him as our Provenance, our Fount, our Wellspring.  Rather than walking your own path–which may lead to death–follow God, who controls even that which we mistakenly call fate!

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