In The Word Series: Proverbs 16:3
In the second post of this series, I want to talk about Proverbs 16:3.
Recently, I have been anxious about being on the right path and not screwing up God’s plan for my life. I plan, schedule, and set firm completion dates thinking my plan will magically be identical to God’s. This seems to never be the case.
A friend and I were discussing this not too long ago. I shared my fears and anxieties about messing up God’s plan. She simply said, “You aren’t that powerful”. I sat their thinking over that statement. What truth she spoke. Who am I to say I have the power to change or ruin God’s plan for my life.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.-Proverbs 16:3 NIV
Proverbs 16:3 reminded me that God’s plan will come to pass when you commit to Him. Not only that, but He will “establish your plans”. I think the plans we have for our life aren’t just little fantasies that aren’t ever a part of God’s plan. I think they are included in His plan for us, just not in the way we expect. I mean, why else would He put those desires and inspirations on our hearts?
When you read this verse in The Message it reads, “Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place”. It doesn’t say that your plan exactly as you have it laid out will happen on the exact days you plan. It simply says they will happen.
A little further down in Proverbs 16:9 it says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”. We must take action for His plan to take place. And even if we take a few detours, God will make sure we end up where He planned.
I always like looking at The Message version of verses because they are so poetic. The Message version of Proverbs 16:9 is, “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.” He guides our steps and He gives us the ability to live the life we have. God isn’t asking you to stop setting goals or making plans, just to be flexible in the execution.
As I heard someone say, ducks have to be moving to get them in a row. You can’t be stagnant hoping God’s plan will just happen. We have to put in effort, but also be willing to change course when He directs us. Then, maybe someday we will have all our ducks in a row. Probably not until the day we go to heaven, but a girl can dream!