What Seems Right

I want to call attention to verses 2 and 3 of Proverbs 21:

All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2, NIV)

 This verse reminds me of Proverbs 14:12 (NIV):

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

We can think that we’re doing OK.  We can think that we’re doing alright.  We may believe that we’re on the right track.  Unless we’re seeking the Lord and His wisdom, His righteousness, His plan, we’re way off track.  We have to seek the Lord’s will and follow in Jesus’ footsteps.  We have to learn to surrender and submit to the will of God as He reveals it through His Word and by His Holy Spirit.  God knows what is in our hearts.  We may think that we’ve got it all together, but unless we are following Jesus, we are on the road to death and eternal separation from God.
Look at verse 3, as well:

To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. (Proverbs 21:3, NIV)

God is more concerned with our hearts than He is with our offerings.  He is more concerned with righteousness and justice than the tithes we can offer.  We tend to get very legalistic with our giving tithes and offerings.  Yet we won’t give righteousness a second thought.  We’ll be-bop through life living for ourselves and put that check in the offering plate on Sundays and think that everything is OK because we gave 10% back to God.  We’ll treat people poorly.  We’ll hold grudges or we’ll gossip.  We’ll lie and we’ll lust.  We’ll steal and we’ll covet.  We’ll make excuses and we’ll rationalize.  Then we’ll drop that check in the offering plate as though we’re somehow able to compensate for our unrighteousness with an offering.  It’s like a holy bribe.  “God, I’ll give you 10% to overlook my bad habits, sins and failures.”  Rather than being legalistic in our giving, let us seek to please the Lord through righteousness, justice, holiness and obedience.  Then He will find our gifts acceptable and pleasing because they come from a heart that is dedicated to pleasing Him in all areas.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to get my heart right before I give my offering this weekend.  I can’t buy righteousness.  I can’t buy forgiveness.  You cannot be bribed.  Help me to be more like Jesus in whose name I pray, amen.

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