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Got Plans?

We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word. We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives. Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed.

We make our own plans, but the Lord decides where we will go.

Proverbs 16:1-3,9 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

In our humanity, we are fallible. We don't know the future. We don't even know what lies up ahead just out of our sight unless somebody else who can see it tells us. We make mistakes because we don't know everything. Yet, we make lots of plans and even label them "firm" or "tentative." Scripture helps us out with this: Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:15). We are instructed to share our plans with God. Sharing our whole lives is much easier than listing our activities item by item because it allows us to lay everything we would like to do at the feet of the One who is in total control of all we do.

This week probably holds some kind of challenge for each of us. Hopefully we will succeed in accomplishing all the good things we set out to do and not be deterred by anything unexpected or unplanned. But life has a way of happening when we are making plans. Let's rely upon the Creator and Sustainer of life to guide us and order our steps. It can be very comforting to share our plans with God because as we do, we are honoring Him by acknowledging that we know He can change our plans. He knows and sees things that we don't and He has big plans for us too. Let His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

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