January 18

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself” (Proverbs 18:2).

I have noticed that human beings are almost always convinced that their way is the best way.  When we believe that we are always (or almost always) right, we then tend not to search for truth, but simply to search for a way to reinforce our own opinions.  Here is the simple devotional thought for you today … Don’t be so busy trying to prove your point of view, or your opinion true that you miss the heart of God.

Regardless of how strongly you are convinced that your point of view on a subject is correct, it is a good practice to ask for God’s opinion first.  Think about how much time you spend each day trying to convince yourself that what you think about something is right.  Have you ever been alone and had an argument with yourself about something?  I have done that many times.  It is funny when I finish arguing with myself, I then convince myself that I know what I’m doing, even though I’m not even sure I won the argument!

There have been times in my life that I have argued a point with someone and I was fully convinced that I was right … that is, until I came to the end of my argument and realized … I was wrong!  I hate when that happens!  The truth that we all need to come to is that we do not have all the answers we will need for life.  This verse says that if we are not careful, we will spend all our time seeking to prove our heart to be right, rather than looking for the truth God has for us.

I want to encourage you today to search out God’s heart for whatever you are facing today.  He has a specific plan for your life, and it’s perfect.  His plan is the only perfect plan for you.  He has a will for your life, and it’s perfect.  His will is the only thing that will bring you ultimate satisfaction and joy.  He gave you an entire Bible to guide your steps and to give you the opportunity to have a successful life here on this earth.  The only way you can access God’s plan is to open His Word everyday as you open your heart to its truths.  Don’t be a fool and only focus on your own heart.  You already know that in your heart dwelleth no good thing.  You know that it’s deceitful and desperately wicked.  Don’t trust your heart, trust His! With humility and a surrendered heart, there is opportunity for wisdom in your life and for your future.

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