I’m a planner. Maybe it comes from my former life as a teacher, but every year around this time, when school supplies hit the stores, I am all about finding new and unique journals and planners. I love the satisfaction of writing things down and checking things off. For example, I have written a task down after the fact so that I can check it off…
Can I get an “Amen”?!
But as much as I love to make plans, I have learned to hold them loosely. You see, “we can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” (Proverbs 16:9, NLT). In other words, no matter how careful and detailed my plans are, God holds the trump card. His ways always win, because God knows best.
And I need to be okay with that.
As I reflect on this truth, Scripture reminds me that when I acknowledge God in my planning from the beginning and commit it to Him, He is pleased. Proverbs 3:6 says, “in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths,” and 16:3 says, “commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” Psalm 37:23 reiterates, “the steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way.”
Planning is wise. God wants us to plan (remember the ant?) But we need to hold our plans loosely. This truth has never been more applicable than in the uncertain times in which we now live. As we gear up for ministries in the coming months, we have no idea what a virus or politics or life in general will bring. But God does. That’s why He gets to determine our steps. That’s why we acknowledge Him and commit our work to Him. God knows what our future holds. And God knows best.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
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