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We are humans who love to make plans. We envision a time where everything is right in the world. We build houses in our heads and put up white picket fences. We do good deeds, sometimes expecting things in return. We cry out, “God, can’t you see what I am doing?” without realizing that God may have had other plans for us all along. We sometimes block our very own blessings because of the things we hold onto for dear life are not the right things.

motive2Proverbs 21:2-3A person may think their own ways are right, but the Lord weighs the heart.  3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

The question we must ask with each decision made, “What is my motive for doing this? Everything SEEMS justified, but what is the real end result here?”

Pride and ego have no place, but they sneak in the back door of the houses we build anyway. What is the motive of YOUR heart? Are you pleasing God, or yourself? Are you looking for accolades, applause, a good feeling? Or are you truly looking for God’s hand to move?

motive3God sees past the curtain and into the realms of possibility that we cannot see, so who are we to question His ways? On what foundation is your home built?

Proverbs 24:3-4 – By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
4 through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.

You can read Proverbs 21-24 and the wisdom on the pages written by Solomon that stand up to the test of time at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Proverbs

To further your reading, consider this from:

motive1Luke 16:15– He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.”

Christ not only can see our hearts, He can see into our minds. He loves us regardless of the sin we continue to hide there. What are you placing value on today? Relationships with others? Money? Success? Fancy cars and fast toys? The praises of people? Or are you seeing that none of those things are even possible without Jesus Christ, His blood, and His sacrifice, and His grace and mercy? What is the true motive of your heart?

Related Scriptures: 1 Samuel 15:22; Isaiah 1:11; Micah 6:6-8