“From The Highest Point” ( Proverbs 19: 20-21, NIV ) by Carley Evans

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”


A professor once told me “to know is to care.” One experiences this truth in medicine. Without knowledge, the doctor fails the patient. The medical student must “listen to advice and accept instruction” in order to become “wise.” Knowledge is caring.Doctors plan to succeed one hundred percent of the time; “but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”


“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:2) My mother always says, “Ah, to see ourselves as others see us.” To see myself as the Lord sees me — now, that is of great value! To know His purposes for my life — now, that is of immense worth! “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10)


“Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars. She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table. She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point in the city. ‘Let all who are simple come in here!’ she says to those who lack judgment. ‘Come, eat my food and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:1-6)


Therefore, allow God to “weigh” your heart; rebuke your foolishness; then “commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3)

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