Plans of Man

To man belong the plans of the heart,
but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. — Proverbs 16:1 (NIV)
Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed. — Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps. — Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
The Hebrew word translated as “plans” in 16:1 is a different word than the word used in 16:3 and 16:9.  So what, right?  The first word is a word that literally means arrangements.  It is a word that is used to describe the lining up of military personnel in rows.  The word used in the latter two verses for plans is a word that means to calculate or devise.  In both cases, the planning done by the individual is calculated and organized.
We do this, don’t we?  We make plans and we devise and scheme and calculate our steps.  We plan vacations and trips.  We carry around daily planners.  We make plans for the weekend.  We are people who like to have a plan and we don’t like it when best laid plans go awry.  We love it when a plan comes together!  Where is God in the formulation of our plans?  As we calculate our futures, how does God fit in the equation?  Is He an afterthought?  Do we leap and then yell, “God, catch me!”  Or do we consult Him before we make our plans?  The book of James says that we should, when making plans, say, “If it is the Lord’s will” then we will live out our plans.
We must always remember that God is in charge.  He is in control.  He knows what the future holds.  Our plans can only succeed as He allows them to and we must seek His will and His wisdom in all the plans we make.  May you commit your plans to Him and may He give you true success!

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