by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 16 (17 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

Who's really in control here?

As we continue in our verse by verse study of Proverbs, we will look at some very important truths concerning the sovereignty of God in the affairs of His creation.

1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

There is a familiar saying that we need to always remember about this life of ours; man proposes - but God disposes.

In simpler terms, we plan and purpose, we make long term goals most of the time without even thinking of the fact that God is the sovereign ruler of the universe, and we make plans without the slightest knowledge of any of the events that will happen in our lives both today or tomorrow, if there is a today to enjoy or a tomorrow to come.

Yes indeed, man proposes, but God disposes. God orders the affairs of man to accomplish His eternal plan. We need to stop here for a moment and be reminded of a truth that is ignored by the unsaved and by the saved as well. The fact is that we are not sovereign; the fact is that we are not the creator.

The fact that we do not have the ability or power to control the destiny of our own affairs of life unhindered or uninterrupted by others should alert us to the truth that we all are indeed accountable to the one who is truly sovereign, truly the creator, truly all powerful and the one who interferes with all of our supposed plans, at His will - the will of God Himself.

We as humans operate out of extremely limited knowledge, without the slightest proof or ability that anything that we do will ever succeed. James had something to say about this issue.

Let's turn to James chapter 4 and examine this chapter from another angle.

James 4:1-3
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain ...

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