Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 12, 2017

“The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 10:14-25.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

23 I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself,
Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.

24 Correct me, O Lord, but with justice;
Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.
25 Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You
And on the families that do not call Your name;
For they have devoured Jacob;
They have devoured him and consumed him
And have laid waste his habitation.”  Jeremiah 10:23-25. 

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Other doctrine preaches and teaches man’s alleged free-will.

But, Reformed Doctrine preaches and teaches God’s sovereignty.

“I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself,
Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.”  Verse 23.

The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.

“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19.

For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault?  For who resists His will?”  On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God?  The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?  Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?  What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:15-24.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11. 

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