From the Book of Proverbs:

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established (Prov. 16:2-3).

As we read through the Word of God, we will note the consistent differences between the ways of man and the ways of God. There can be no doubt that the two are far apart. The nature of man leads him to be selfish and corrupt. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the ways of God are righteous and just. God's nature is utterly incapable of evil. Meanwhile, left totally to our own devices, man can not be counted on to always do good.

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established (Prov. 16:2-3).

As we read through the Word of God, we will note the consistent differences between the ways of man and the ways of God. There can be no doubt that the two are far apart. The nature of man leads him to be selfish and corrupt. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the ways of God are righteous and just. God's nature is utterly incapable of evil. Meanwhile, left totally to our own devices, man can not be counted on to always do good.

Solomon clearly understands this, and he takes the explanation one step further. He contrasts the way that man sees himself with the way that God sees man. With this profound statement, he wants us to realize that what we are seeing when we look in the mirror might well be a mirage created by our own self-image. God calls upon us not to look at our life through the filter of our own understanding, but instead to rely upon Him to help us to interpret what we are seeing. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (3:5).

Without the help of the Lord, we are incapable of truly knowing ourselves. We develop our self-image by comparing ourselves against other men. We believe that everything is relative, and since we are not indulging in the same sin that they are then we must be "good." The Lord, however, does not compare one man against another. He does not judge on a scale of "relative evil." God looks at us, and He weigheth the spirits. He judges us through our relationship with Jesus. The scales will either collapse under the weight of our sin, or Jesus' blood will have washed away our heavy burden. There is no middle ground. If one is a transgressor of God's Law, then one is a transgressor of the whole Law and not just a part. If ye fulfil the royal Law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the Law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For He that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the Law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the Law of liberty (James 2:8-12).

So how do we change? We follow through with the actions commanded of us in Proverbs 16:3. We are promised that if we Commit thy works unto the Lord that thy thoughts shall be established in the Lord. Once this happens we will no longer weigh ourselves against the measure of other men, but instead we will measure ourselves against the expectations of God. We will come to the understanding that we must hold ourselves to the standards of Jesus and that the only way to do that is for Him to live through us.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me (Gal. 2:20).

Thought for Today:

The destructive force of evil words goes on and on.

Christ Revealed:

As the One who punishes the proud (Prov. 16:5). Jesus said: Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased (humbled); and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted (Luke 14:11). As the Friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24), Jesus is our Friend (John 15:14-15) and will never leave (us), nor forsake (us) (Heb. 13:5).

Word Studies:

16:2 spirits = motives; 16:8 without right = dishonestly gained; 17:18 striketh hands . . . surety = gives a pledge to be responsible for his neighbor’s debts; 18:2 discover itself = express itself; 18:3 with ignominy reproach = with dishonor and disgrace; 19:3 fretteth = is resentful; 19:7 they are wanting to him = they abandon him; 19:13 a continual dropping = an unending irritation.

Prayer Needs:

Pray For Staff: Amber Allen • Government Officials: Rep. Andy Barr (KY), Sen. Claire McCaskill (MO) • Country: Trinidad and Tobago (1,223,916) Off the coast of Venezuela • Major Languages: English, Hindi • Religious Freedom • 32.1% Protestant; 21.6% Roman Catholic; 18.2% Hindu; 5% Muslim; 1.5% Jehovah's Witness; 8.4% Other; 2.2% None; 11% Unspecified • Prayer Suggestion: Bless the Lord at all times regardless of circumstances (Ps. 34:1).

Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries