My Way? Proverbs 16:2

Proverbs 16:2  All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Belshazzar’s Feast: Daniel ch.5 (painting by Rembrandt)

God writes: You are weighed in the balances and found wanting [TEKEL]

This chapter of the Book of Proverbs has several statements about the conflict between how we look at ourselves and how God looks at us.  You might well feel that doing things “My Way” is the best option but the Bible advises us to remember that God will look at our motives.


I am glad about that – I think!  After all, I have said and done things that have gone wrong but, I think, my motives were good.  But the Scripture here says, PURE!  That means unadulterated, unmixed, without yeast, nothing harmful in it.  Oh well, I suppose I could spend a lot of time judging myself, maybe judging others, but it is better to look towards the light, press on, and aim to be led by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps, this verse is telling us to accept that “My Way” will be a “Messed Way” and to lean on God our Father to help us walk His Way by His Grace.