Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall : but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
This verse teaches us that it is not wise to go it alone. We are all falliable and need counsel because our own reasoning by itself will fail us. Our very nature is revealed by Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked : who can know it? Continue reading
Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
This verse informs us that a person may decide a direction to take in life and may plan how to get there, but it is the Lord Who guides his steps. This is dependence. As Jesus stated in John 15:5, “without me ye can do nothing”, we cannot prosper without divine assistance. Continue reading
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
This verse is a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:34:
Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
Pride, often manifested in scorn, will cause God to resist (oppose) us. Pride is what caused Satan to be cast out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15). Pride is one of the seven deadly sins (Proverbs 6:16-19). If we desire God’s grace on our lives, we must be humble. In short, we must resist pride or God will resist us. Continue reading
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
These two verses are among the more familiar ones in the Bible. As I was reading these verses recently, one word jumped out at me. Used twice in this passage, the word “all” is of particular importance. Continue reading