Wealthy Job experienced Satan’s power and in disaster’s aftermath declared, “My days have slipped by; my plans have been ruined, even the things dear to my heart” (Job 17:11). The psalmist warned his readers not to trust in man, “When his breath leaves him, he returns to the ground; on that day his plans die” (Psalm 146:4). There is no guaranteed man-made strategy.
Does this mean we should forego plan making? Not at all. According to Scripture, “The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit . . .” (Proverbs 21:5). Planning is wise and often reveals thoughtfulness. “Commit your activities to the Lord, and your plans will be achieved” (Pro. 16:3) is an encouraging proposition. The key is not to put our hopes in our plans but rather in our Father’s plan. “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps” (Pro. 16:9).
Isaiah 46:10--I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will.
Only God has guaranteed plans. Only God can declare the ending and know from before what will be after. His plans will be fully fulfilled. Therefore we should:
1. Study Scripture to understand His will and revealed plans.
2. Strive to live in alignment with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
3. Stop worrying. Memorize Philippians 4:6,7.
4. Strengthen our faith upward when life seems frustrating and what we think should happen is not happening. He is in control we are not. His plan will take place.
5. Stay joyful. “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” (Pro. 17:22). Joy comes from knowing that God’s accomplishment is our abundance.
The people who brush prayer aside . . . forget that many of the things we would do would be different if we prayed first for God’s plan, rather than asked for His blessing on ours.—W.E. Sangster in Daily Readings
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)