Proverbs 21:1-5

The king’s heart is like a stream of water directed by the Lord; he turns it wherever he pleases. 2 People may think they are doing what is right, but the Lord examines the heart. 3 The Lord is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give him sacrifices. 4 Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. 5 Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Sometimes people think what they are doing is right, but God see the motives of the heart behind the action. God discerns the intent behind the action.  Sometimes those doing right are really doing it for their own benefit. They want to look good or to look like they care, but inside their heart is only selfishness.  God can see beyond what appears.  Often we have to make choices in areas where the right action is difficult to discern.  We can help ourselves make the right decision by trying to identify our motives first.  We need to ask ourselves, “Would God be pleased with my real reasons for doing this?” God is not pleased when an action is done only to receive something for ourselves.  God is pleased when we do the right thing for His purpose.  It is only when we move under His direction for His purpose and use His power to accomplish the task that God is pleased.  Examine what you are doing now in His name and ask yourself if it is for Him or if it is for other reasons.  God will guide and direct you if seek His wisdom.  Move forward only when you can truly say it is for His glory.

Have a God Day!