1. When was a time when you really knew you were living God’s plans for you? How did you know? Or, when was a time when you realized that you were not living God’s plans for you? How did you know?
2. Proverbs 16:4 (NLT) says: “The Lord has made everything for His own purposes.” What are the implications of this verse for our lives?
3.Read through Proverbs: 16:1-4, 9, 33; 19:21; and 27:1. Would you say that the starting point of your life and plans is yourself or God?
4. In the message, we looked at the issue of integrity or right living. Read the following verses about integrity, and consider if there is one that God is bringing to your attention:
- “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart” (3:3)
- “Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it” (4:23)
- “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity” (11:3)
- “The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful” (12:5)
- “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord” (16:2)
- “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” (16:25)
5. Throughout Proverbs, we are urged to have many wise advisers around us (see 12:5, 15; 15:22). Who are some of the wise advisers in your life? How have they proved themselves?
6. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a well-known passage about trust in God with our plans. Read it aloud. What is this verse saying about God? What is it saying about us?
7. What is one thing that you will do in response to this study to walk into God’s plans? What is one practical way you can let God develop greater trust in Him, or integrity, wisdom, or wise advisors in your life? Write it down, reflect on it, and put it into practice this week. If you are in a small group, discuss this with one another.
The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.