Book: Proverbs 19
“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail”
This proverb reminds us that we must submit our plans to God’s sovereign will. If it does not fit into His purpose, it will fail. James 4:13-16 takes this proverb and expands on it giving examples and challenging the reader: “Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.” In everything we plan and do we need to acknowledge that God is in control.
In Psalm 2:1 the writer describes plans that are not God’s as futile: “Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans?” None of us want to spend time planning something out only to find out that it is not going to happen. When we do go down that path it is very frustrating. This is why we need to first come to Him in prayer and ask for His guidance and direction. As we rely on Him in our planning, He can lead us.
He has plans for us and wants us to receive them. Psalm 40:5 says,“O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” His plans are good and perfect. As we follow the Lord and talk with Him , He actually puts His plans into our heart as desires. This is why it says in Psalm 20:4, “May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.” In a real sense, God wants us to partner with Him in His perfect plan so those who are listening, willing to receive an obey, will know what to do. Does He give the whole plan in advance? No, not usually but He does give enough so that we can take the next step of obedience.
Take time today to recommit yourself to the Lord. Acknowledge to Him that you desire His plan and purpose for your life. Ask Him to lead you in all your planning so that it will honor Him. Then watch what He does!
Proverbs 3:6 “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”