"O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. O LORD, correct me, but with jus-
tice; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing."
Here is the prophet's humble acknowledgment that he is completely dependent upon God. Jeremiah wants God's correction, and he is wise enough to ask for terms that are gracious.
If our way is "not in [ourselves]," and we do not "direct [our] own steps," then does this excuse us from responsibility before God? No. The teaching here is that we are to seek to be led by the Lord, and in so doing to find our betterment and happiness.
[Puritan quote of the day: "When a people play fast and loose with God, breaking their solemn vows and oblations, whether sacramental or other, this is a God-provoking sin." --Thomas Watson, in his ser-
mon, "Comfort for the Church"]