Proverbs 16:1-5
Prov 16:1 (KJB)
The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
Preparations - To setup, plan, or give consideration
Here we have a verse which speaks of the fact that man may plan his ways or a person may be placed in a situation but the answer that the person gives will be from the Lord. (Mat 10:19 KJV) But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. The believer will plan his way and maybe those plans will bring him into a situation where he can become a testimony for the Lord and if He is quoting Scripture, then he is getting his answer of the tongue from the Lord. This verse also teaches that both the preparations of the heart and the answer are from the Lord. A good example of this would be the life of the Apostle Paul because it seemed no matter where he went, he was a testimony for the grace of God and that is how God directs the life of the believer. We do not do things abstractly but it is the Lord who guides us and directs us into differing situations where we will be a witness for the Gospel. No believer lives unto himself because we belong to God and He is the one who directs our path.
Prov 16:2 (KJB)
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.
Clean - To be pure or innocent
Weigheth - Examines or assess
One of the chief flaws of every human is that when we plan a way or plan something, it is always innocent or pure in our sight. For example, many Christian parents allow their children to go trick or treating on Halloween because they feel it is innocent after all, their child looks so cute as a ballerina or a cowboy. These same parents have no idea that Halloween is one of the most evil days and no Christian should have anything to do with it. What we need to do is make plans but we need to check those plans against Scripture and get some Godly counsel from mature Christians to see if we are going against the revealed will of God. No true Christian will want to intentionally sin against the Lord and by praying and searching the Scriptures, we will gain an answer because that way, we are examining our motives and actions. Then we can assess whether we would be sinning or not.
Prov 16:3 (KJB)
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Thoughts - Thoughts, plans, or intentions
This verse gives us a good insight into our plans. It speaks basically in a reflexive sense. When a Christian commits their work, no matter what it is, whether it be our ministries or jobs (our jobs are our ministries to the people at work) unto the Lord and seeks His guidance for the doing and preparations for that work, then that work will be established. Something which is established is firm, fixed, or settled. If we want our ministries or jobs to fail, all we have to do is run them according to our wisdom and will, independent of God. If we want them to succeed, then we commit them unto the Lord and sometimes He may take us by a different path to attain the set goal.
Prov 16:4 (KJB)
The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Here is a verse which those who believe in universal salvation disdain or ignore. First, the Lord hath made everything for Himself in this world and universe. Everything that we possess in this world is just lent to us by the Lord. The easiest way to prove this is to realize that everything we own here, is left behind at our death. Then the second half of this verse teaches us plainly that the Lord even made the wicked for the day of evil. There is a double meaning to the day of evil. First, that it describes the time from the first sin to the last one committed before judgment day. Jesus described this as the Generation of evil. (Mat 23:35-36 KJV) That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. {36} Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. Notice Jesus speaks of the blood of Abel to the blood of Zacharias. This would include thousands of years in one generation. So the day of evil continues until the last day. Then the second meaning is found in Jeremiah 17:18. (Jer 17:18 KJV) Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction. It speaks about the day of evil being judgment day when all the wicked will stand before the Lord and be judged for their sins. So the Lord has made the wicked, those He did not plan to save, for both the day of evil which continues to the last day, which is akin to the wheat and tares growing together until the harvest, and Judgment Day when His holiness will be vindicated through His judgment of the wicked.
Prov 16:5 (KJV)
Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
This verse is a serious warning to the wicked and their organizations. There are many wicked who have formed organizations to attack Christianity and because they have many numbers, they think they are superior and stronger, and therefore cannot be brought down. God warns that even though the proud join together in their goals, the numbers of people they have, will never escape the judgment of God. It does not matter if it is a single person or ten thousand people, the proud in heart will be judged as wicked on the last day. Groups like the ACLU, the Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission, and such which have the most powerful people on earth will be judged by a God mightier than their pride. None of them will escape the judgment of God. We have looked at a quite a number of verses which told us that nothing can be hidden from God and nothing will be hidden from Him. What these wicked people plan in private, will be shouted from the housetops.