Written by Brooke Frazier
When I first received the call asking if I would write the devotion for the Proverbs challenge, and I was given Chapter 16, I agreed without knowing what chapter 16 was about! I thought to myself, “Hmm, I really hope it’s something I can relate to, so that I can write from the heart!” It never ceases to amaze me how God works. I opened the chapter, and within the first verse, I was hooked! As I sat there reading, I felt as if I were reading about my very own life! While the entire chapter is phenomenal, there were a few specific verses that really jumped out at me.
Verse one says; ‘We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.’ I was astounded! Wow, how many times in my life have I had it all planned out, determined my own steps, and felt the gentle guidance of my Heavenly Father to go the opposite direction? How many times have I ignored His still small voice, and ended up in some dark places without a flash light?! I can honestly say this has happened many, many times! It’s like the phrase, ‘I’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt!’; and boy do I have a vast variety of “t-shirts”!!! There is nothing wrong with making plans, and in fact, the Bible encourages us to live a full life while we wait for His return. That being said, when God says to me, “Come my child, let me show you the incredible things I have in store for you.”; I have learned that I will always be better off in His will. Through His will, I have seen so many blessings, found His favor, and felt His unspeakable peace in my life. Every time I have followed my own path, instead of His, I have led myself to hurt, anger, despair and confusion. Therefore, I have come to long for His gentle nudging onto the path which He has chosen. As it says in verse twenty-five, ‘There is a path before each person that seems right, but ends in death.’ I am so very grateful that I serve a patient God.
In verse twenty he says; ‘Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful.’ It seems the Lord was really trying to get a point across to me the entire time I read this passage, and prayed for the right words; I often find that when I look back over my life, and the major decisions I have made, I can clearly see differences in the times when I followed His guidance, and the times I went my own way and took matters into my own hands. The good news is that God never lets any of our mistakes go to waste! He uses everything we have been through for a greater purpose. I have discovered, on many occasions, He uses my past experiences to help other people who are going through an experience similar to something I have gone through. When we can genuinely look someone in the eye and say, “I understand where you are, I have been there!”; that forms a foundation upon which you can build a great relationship.
The last verse sums it all up beautifully; ‘The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord.’ I find great peace in the knowledge that He has already planned my lot in life! I have peace knowing that my God took the time to plan it all out for His daughter and took the time to show me that I have purpose in Him. As long as I stay in His will, listen to His voice, and follow His guidance, I can rest in His arms and take comfort knowing that my Heavenly Father is at the wheel. He is always going to be the light to my path! I’m not trying to say that I have it all together, or that I never worry. Believe me when I say, I DO! The simple knowledge that I can lay my cares at the foot of the cross every day, every night before I go to bed, and again when I wake up, is so incredible to me! He truly is my peace in the midst of the storm!
"As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better." - Steve Maraboli
Let Your FATHER lead you! He’ll never take you down a path that isn’t the Best path for you! Even if it sometimes seems rocky, He ALWAYS has your best interest at heart! God Bless!!!!