Proverbs 28: King James Bible
Walk Wisely – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty eight, Verses 25-26
25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. 26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Walk Wisely
The two verses above, give us a peek into what it means to walk wisely. Trusting in the Lord causes for us to go against what our own heart is trying to tell us to do.
Sometimes we get our feathers ruffled, and our heart can devise all kinds of wicked things to do because of it, right?Just because something tries to manifest itself, doesn’t mean we need to allow it to. I don’t mean anything manifesting such as a demonic possession or anything like that, but as soon as we allow the rest of our body to respond to what our heart is telling us to do, often it would be against what the Lord would rather us do.
More often than not, when we want to respond aggressively when we feel slighted, or our heart is just bursting with the desire to lash out violently, or even with words, it is due to a prideful heart. Pride wants to respond to anything that shakes it’s security with flying fists or a verbal equivalence.
We walk wisely when we place our trust in the Lord, rather than follow the desire of our hearts. As we’ve talked about many times over the course of these devotionals, the Lord is most interested in what is going on inside our hearts.
People who trust in their own heart don’t walk wisely, but will continue to be blinded by their own iniquity. I’m reminded of every time the Bible tells us that “the people did what was right in their own hearts.” Nothing good ever came out of it when they began to do this. More often than not, it led to sin and idol worship.
You can’t walk wisely and sinfully at the same time. You can’t follow the desires of your heart and ever please the Lord, because those desires will eventually lead you away from the Lord, and deeper into iniquity. You can’t serve two masters without hating the one, and loving the other. When we place ourselves before the Lord in our hearts, who are we expecting to serve who?
I recall hearing the words of a famous preacher’s wife several years ago, that laid it all out for us to see, without meaning to I believe. In a sermon given to a huge congregation, she said something along the lines of:
“When you worship God, we’re not doing it for God, we’re doing it for our self.”
It’s been awhile but the way I remember it, she was kind of promoting this idea rather than exposing the selfishness of it. For many people, I believe that the statement above is true, so perhaps it didn’t go crosswise with what they thought was right in their heart. But just because something is true, doesn’t mean that it is the way the Lord wants things to be.
If we love the Lord with all our hearts, minds, and souls, self takes a back seat to the Lord, ESPECIALLY when we give him praise and worship. Anyone expecting to “get” anything isn’t really interested in “giving” anything to the Lord. We praise the Lord because he is worthy, not to make us worthy.
To walk wisely in the Lord requires placing the Lord first, and walking down the path that he has established for you, while following the lead of the Holy Ghost. Being obedient to him, whether we want to or not, is a good sign that we’re not conforming to the vanity of our prideful, sinful, fallen flesh.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Luke 6: King James Bible
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Philippians 2: King James Bible
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
2 Corinthians 12: King James Bible
6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
Hebrews 3: King James Bible
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
1 John 2: King James Bible
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Thank you for your Word, and for every lesson that you’ve placed inside of it. Please examine our hearts Lord, and root out anything that is against your design, or against the way you’d rather have our hearts to be. Keep us free from being prideful, and strengthen us where we may be weak against the wiles of the evil one. All so we are better servants, better children, and better representatives of your Kingdom Father, with a heart after you and you only. In the name of teh Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you walk wisely according to the Word of the Lord?