Proverbs 20 is full of insightful wisdom on many things and there are too many helpful verses in the chapter to write a blog post on the whole chapter. So I will trust you to read it (…and spare you a 20 page long blog post) and just focus on a couple of verses that made me stop and ponder.
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the Lord has made them both.
Whether or not you read this verse in a physical (actual ears and eyes) or spiritual sense (the ears and eyes of our hearts as in passages such as Ephesians 1:18), the second part of the verse remains the same. God is the one who made them both. God has formed you and me with a great amount of precision and continues to form and shape our lives as we live in the world he created.
The verse reminds me of Exodus 4:11, “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?’” Exodus 4 is the chapter where Moses tells God to find someone else to lead His people out of Egypt because Moses didn’t think he was the right man for the job. Moses was afraid. He complained that he was not eloquent and that the people would not believe him. But God knew that Moses was the man to lead them because God had created him, saved him when he was a baby from the slaughter of Israel’s children, given him a home in Pharaoh’s house and equipped him for the task at hand. And God would continue to help him along the way.
And God does the same for us. He created us and has led us through life (the good and the bad) with a loving hand. Everything that makes us who we are—our struggles and triumphs, our personalities and habits—have been designed by God to make us into who are. If God is calling you to something, then he has equipped you for it and will continue to equip you for it. Whether that is staying at home with your kids, or running a multi-million dollar company, or living a life of singleness ministering to the homeless, God knows what He created you to do and will direct you to it.
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?
These verses and thoughts have been very comforting to my heart. I tend to compare myself to others—why can’t I have what she has or be more like her? But to think that my loving Father has made me the way I am because He has plans that are well suited to my strengths and weakness is reassuring (not to say that we shouldn’t work on things that need to change, like slaying sin and breaking bad habits, but even that process makes us who we are and prepares us for what’s ahead).
Therefore, my beloved readers, be encouraged, knowing that God has created you just the way you are—with the gifts and weaknesses that you have and has placed you in the specific circumstances that you are in—for the purposes that he has in store for you. Trust him to direct you. He is faithful.
(First posted on Our Single Purpose in the 31 Days in Proverbs series.)