The Lord Has His Plans
Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). (Proverbs 19:21)
In Jeremiah 29:11, we are reminded that God has plans for us yet. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us hope and a future. If we would only wait for those plans to be fulfilled we would receive benefits that would otherwise be far away from us.
James reminds us in James 4:13-14 that we are but a mist. Rather than making plans of our own, we must be reminded that it is by God's will that we should do something.
Here in Proverbs, the writings of the world's wisest man reach the understanding that we might have many plans, but it is God's purpose that will be carried out.
I for one have experienced that manifold. I usually want to be prepared and in control, so I make multiple plans and ensure that there are backup plans to my backup plans. But God usually humbles me; His purpose is the one that will be carried out in the end, not mine. If I make too many plans, God ensures that what happens is according to His will.
Day to day, we can have many plans for the future. As the saying goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This verse isn't saying that we should throw caution to the wind and just do whatever. Rather, we should make sure that we understand: our plans are not how the world is going to turn. If God so wills it, then those will go through.
Instead of trying to account for everything and trying to wrest control into our own hands, we need to be at peace with letting God take the reins for once. After all, He is the one who has provided us with everything that we have. Today, as we are making plans, let's make sure that we know who is really in charge.
Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections.