You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. – (Proverbs 19:21, NLT)
People might make many plans, but what the Lord says is what will happen. – (Proverbs 19:21, ERV)
We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. – (Proverbs 19:21, MSG)
This is an interesting paradox, as God gives us intellect and free will, yet a heart to seek and serve Him. There are things that are abundantly clear as to what we are meant to do, and others, where it seems that we must brainstorm, make plans, and move forward using our best judgement. It is in these spaces that I think it is good to remember that if our heart is for Him, we need not worry, as His purpose will prevail. Even when we begin in a seemingly misguided direction, twists and turns, hills and valleys become a part of the journey, and our route ends up at an incredible destination. Perhaps God’s ultimate plan and purpose is for the learning and growth that takes place along the way, as we end up on a seeming round-about adventure. May we seek the Lord in all that we do, and ever move forward in the direction to which feel we are called.
God grants us a mind,
To know and make plans;
Let us seek His will,
With purpose, we stand.
Despite all our plans,
God’s will shall prevail;
For what the Lord says,
Will not ever fail.
Let us choose rise up,
In awe, seek His ways;
Trust the Lord to lead,
For all of our days.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your purpose ultimately prevails. Thank You that though we make plans and seek to do the right thing, You always know best, and lead us to the place where You intend for us to go. Forgive us for planning without seeking You. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would ask You and listen for Your leading, rather than attempt to plan out the entire path of our lives. Show us how to love those around us in a way that demonstrates faith and gratitude for the grace that You so generously give. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we trust Your plans and purposes for our life, both now and forevermore. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6