“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
I think that it is a part of human nature that we like to have plans. You may be thinking that you are more of a free-spirit, living on the whims of every moment. You don’t make plans. Or maybe you’re a planner to the max. You have calendars and planners filled with everything that will take up more than five minutes of your time for the next several months.
Whichever you are, or wherever you fall in between, there is a part of you that has plans. You have hopes for your future. You have an idea of what you would like for life to look like. At the end of the day, you go home and fully expect for your home to be there. You plan to eat. You plan to sleep. You plan so many things. And by plan, I don’t necessary mean schedule, but I mean that you expect something or count on something to happen.
We all have so many plans in our hearts and minds. Sometimes those plans are held loosely, but sometimes they’re a strong determinant of how our life plays out on a daily basis. Sometimes they are what determines the whole course of our lives. It’s when those plans are changed that we start to feel some anxiety.
This proverbs tells us that although there are so many plans in our heart, God’s purpose and will for our lives is what prevails. You may think this sounds kind of like the old adage, “everything happens for a reason,” and you wouldn’t be too far off, but it’s important to recognize that not everything that happens in your life happened because God wanted it to. Unfortunately our lives can also be impacted by sin, whether it is ours or someone else’s. We can also experience pain and loss, things that God doesn’t want you to suffer through, but is still able to use toward your good.
God has a good and perfect will for your life. Your plans may be important, but they’re not as good as God’s. Be willing to let go, and follow him. Be willing to hold your plans loosely, and adapt to where God is calling you. His plan is always better in the end.
Help us not to fight the will you have for our lives with plans of our own. We know that your plans are good and perfect, and ours are worldly and flawed, so we trust you. Help us to follow your purpose for our lives.
In Jesus’ Name,