Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Observe His Ways – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verse 26
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Observe His Ways
Above, the Lord is reaching out to us personally, and inviting us to get as close to him as we can. He’s asking two things from us; to give him our heart, and to observe his ways.
When we make the decision to give our hearts to the Lord, he takes it and purifies the contents therein. It might not be instantly or overnight, but the Father is in the heart purification business, and he will do it.
Sometimes he takes care of things that we never even realized were problems. Habits, tastes in different things, our outlook, all can change toward the direction he he originally designed us for, when worldly contaminates and iniquity is washed out of the way.
There are two action words being used here. He asks us to “give” him our hearts, and to “let” our eyes observe his ways. If we want to get closer to the Father, it’s on us to take these actions (I’m talking to saved people here). He’s not about to take your heart from you, or inject his ways upon your eyes against your will. That is, as it relates to all of the things that he’s got in store for those who loves him, and whom he loves.
The same isn’t true for those who rail against him though. They will inevitably be shown the flip side of everything the Lord has to offer. Their hearts will be given over to to a reprobate state, and their eyes will be forced to observe their fears coming upon them.
How easy it is to overlook how fortunate we are to have the Lord in our lives, and to have been directed in whatever ways we’ve been directed, to come to know him. We often forget the Father isn’t only the Father, but is also the Just Judge and King of all. He is full of love, kindness, tenderness, and mercy toward those who love him, but is fierce toward any who would make themselves his adversary.
Have you ever heard the opinion of someone who has been given over to a reprobate state of heart and mind, when it comes to things of the Lord? If they know any of the Word at all, it’s as if their understanding has packed it’s bags and left the planet.
Often, you’ll hear them speak harshly about the Father because of how treacherous he can be toward the wicked. If they really believe this is true, does it make sense for them to insure that they fall into the category that they find the Lord is harsh toward? The wicked hate the Father, because of how he treats the wicked.
If I hate hornets because it hurts to be stung, why would I run up to a hornets nest and smack it around? This is the kind of logic that never ceases to amaze me. Yet a reprobate mind can make perfect sense from such thinking.
The Lord asks us as a kind and gentle Father in the scripture above, to do something in order for him to do something. This is our Father talking, in his mercy, kindness, and will to have personal involvement with our lives.
He knows best what our heart needs in order to both serve him better, and to live in a manner that pleases him, and benefits us. His ways are not our ways, but his ways are for certain, far better than our own.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 11: King James Bible
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Romans 1: King James Bible
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
1 Corinthians 1: King James Bible
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Titus 1: King James Bible
15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. 16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Thank you for this invitation to give you our hearts, and to let our eyes observe your ways. We give you our hearts Father, so that you may do with it what you will. We give you our heart, as children trusting a wise, loving, and perfect, Father. Cleanse it and mold it as new clay in the hands of the potter, and we set our sights on your ways as well. Help us in this, to see your ways over any ways of this world. Yours are better, and good, as is all things that come from you. We are in your service and at your service, and we thank you. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
How would we know what the Lord is like at all, without an effort to observe his ways?
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