• The Lord’s Direction Devotional

    Proverbs 16:1, 9

    Do you have anxiety about the future and decisions you have to make? Could your anxiety stem from trying to make things work for yourself instead of trusting God? Consider your experiences, circumstances, and talents. How might you be striving against God instead of following the path He has laid out before you? View Resource

  • Sovereign Over Our Speech Devotional

    Proverbs 16:1

    Matthew Henry comments: “Man cannot go on with his business without the assistance and blessing of God, who made man’s mouth and teaches us what we shall say. Nay, God easily can, and often does, cross men’s purposes, and break their measures. It was a curse that was prepared in Balaam’s heart, but the answer of the tongue was a blessing.” It is comforting—and humbling—to know that we can accomplish only what God has ordained. View Resource

  • Knowing God’s Will Devotional

    Proverbs 16:4

    If you have significant decisions to make, but do not know God’s will, make a checklist—what biblical principles relate to your choices, what are your gifts, experiences, circumstances, needs, personal desires, and responsibilities to others. Review your list. Narrow your decision based on what God has revealed. Commit it to prayer. View Resource

  • The Lord’s Purpose for the Wicked Devotional

    Proverbs 16:4

    In keeping with Romans 9, Matthew Henry writes that the wicked exist to reveal the glory of the Lord’s justice. “[God] made all according to his will and for his praise; he designed to serve his own purposes by all his creatures, and he will not fail of his designs; all are his servants. The wicked he is not glorified by, but he will be glorified upon.” God will be glorified in the reprobate. Though they do not praise Him now, He will be praised for His justice to them on the last day. View Resource

  • Granting Us Peace Devotional

    Proverbs 16:7

    As we have noted, the proverbs are not guaranteed promises for this life. We cannot, therefore, apply them in a wooden fashion and grow disillusioned when, for example, Proverbs 16:7 goes unfulfilled and our enemies remain firm in their hatred of us. Still, we know that in the age to come, this proverb will be fully realized. The war between us and our enemies will be over, for they will have either been reconciled to us in Christ or cast into the outer darkness. View Resource

  • What Really Matters in the End? Devotional

    Proverbs 16:8

    In light of the entire canon of Scripture, the only kind of righteousness that avails for eternal life is the righteousness of Christ that is imputed to us by faith alone (2 Cor. 5:21). But those who have received such an imputation will also begin to live according to the pattern of their Savior. They will increasingly become righteous in practice. And this growth in godliness can happen whether the believer is a millionaire or can barely eke out a living. View Resource

  • Sovereign over Our Steps Devotional

    Proverbs 16:9

    Human freedom and divine sovereignty exist in a complex, mysterious relationship. Though God ordains all of our choices—even choices that end up being thwarted because they do not match the results that He has ordained—we can never blame Him for our sin. Neither can we escape responsibility for our actions. We have misunderstood Scripture if we think our choices are the final determiner of the course of our lives, but we have also misunderstood it if we deny human freedom. View Resource

  • Honor and Poverty Devotional

    Proverbs 16:19

    What kind of person impresses you? This week, take note of those people who capture your attention or impress you. What are they like? Are you attracted to their intelligence, appearance, position, etc.? If you do not respect others for their godliness, no matter whether they are poor, confess your arrogance to God. View Resource

  • Lord Over Chance Devotional

    Proverbs 16:33

    Dr. R.C. Sproul has often said that there is no such thing as a “maverick molecule,” and Proverbs 16:33 is one of many passages that show this to be the case. What might look random and unplanned to us does not lie outside of the Lord’s sovereign control. He directs all things, which is greatly comforting. It assures us that He has a plan and purpose for every event, demonstrating that He can indeed work all things together for our good (Rom. 8:28). View Resource

  • The Myth of Chance Devotional

    Proverbs 16:33

    As today’s passage indicates, even a random outcome in the casting of lots to make a decision is determined by the hand of God. Every seemingly “chance” event — a flat tire, running into a long-lost friend, a roll of the dice, the luck of the draw, and others — has a place in God’s good plan, even if we are unaware of His ultimate purposes. As you go about your day, remember God is using even “chance” events for your good and His glory. View Resource

  • Providential Governance Of Small Things Devotional

    Proverbs 16:33

    Knowing that God sovereignly determines even “random” events should give us pause. The unexpected flat tire that delays us on the way to work is not unexpected from God’s perspective. Who knows? Perhaps God ordained the flat tire so that we would miss getting into a wreck that we would not have missed had we left earlier. Whatever the reason, we can thank God in the midst of unplanned events because we know He has a good purpose for them. View Resource