Making Plans

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 19

Gold Nugget
Verse 21: 
There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.” 

There’s an old phrase that says, “If you want to give God a giggle, tell Him your plans.” You can have plans for you, and others can have plans for you, but what about the plans God has for you? I once had to make a change in the area of ministry I was working in. The leader of that ministry claimed he had big plans for me there, but someone else asked, “What of the plans God has for Steve?” See, we start on a path towards the plan we think is proper for us and sometimes go too far to admit that maybe we weren’t going in the right direction to begin with. What then? Do we continue on the wrong course because we've gone too far to start again. A friend of mine in the corporate world once shared a habitual pattern he had seen in business. Many big corporations will continue with a bad plan because of the commitment and effort already invested on their current path. The logic is pure insanity. Building something that won’t work simply because it is too far into the project to turn around is foolishness. If you are halfway in the wrong direction, it will take and cost twice as much to finish in the wrong direction than to change course now.

If we’ve set out with the wrong plan, ask God for direction and then obey His instructions. I would rather be one step in the right direction that God has for me than 5,000 steps in the wrong direction. Your plans need to be God’s plans for you. Is the plan you have now consistent with the Word of God and leading to spiritual growth? Or is your plan simply YOUR plan? In the words of Dr. Phil, “How’s that working for you?” Today’s “gold nugget” says, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand.” We can have all kinds of ideas of what we should or could do, but the only plan that will stand in the end is the one the Lord has for you. Do you know what that plan is? His plans for you are revealed through spending quality time with Him in His Word and in prayer.
Lord, I ask you today to make any necessary adjustments in the course of my life. The plan you have for me is the path I want to follow. Reveal yourself to me and I will obey your instructions. Amen

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