Proverbs 21:1-8 Fate

In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water     that he channels toward all who please him.

2 A 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.

4 Haughty eyes  and a proud heart—     the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.

5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit     as surely as haste leads to poverty.

6 A fortune made by a lying tongue     is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.[a]

7 The violence of the wicked will drag them away,     for they refuse to do what is right.

8 The way of the guilty is devious,     but the conduct of the innocent is upright


Who decides the fate of mankind?  Where is mankind headed?  What is the role of free will and what is the role of God’s sovereignty?  I would sacrifice much of my free will for God’s will to rule my life.  Is my free will an illusion anyway?  Is life predestined down to every last detail from the day we are born until the day we die?

I believe God brings a band together and lets us improvise like jazz bands do.  However, he subtly influences and redirects at crucial points.  He has the right to select who will be in the band and who will be excluded.  He has the right to dictate what will be played.  However, good jazz allows the freedom of improvisation.  God allows free will to operate.  When the band goes ways that will not do, though, he has his ways to make sure each member of the band, the audience and the world gets to where he wants them to be.  Not a whimsical ‘want’ of a self-absorbed autocrat.  It is the loving and just desire of a righteous God.


  1. What can God redirect?
  2. How easily does he redirect leaders?
  3. How does God’s easy redirection of leaders affect prayer?
  4. Which leaders particularly need your prayer for direction?
  5. In retrospect how has God redirected your life?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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