“A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” – Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
We were not meant to run our own lives. As much as we want this to be true, it is not. Society and our flesh drive us to be independent from everyone, even God. But that’s just not how God operates.
He created us to be in an intimate relationship with Him. In that relationship God wants us to depend on Him for everything. Even our plans must be submitted to Jesus.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 14:12 NKJV
Sometimes we think we know, but we just don’t. Think back to childhood. There were so many times where plans just made sense to our undeveloped minds. As a child, Bugs Bunny had me to believe I could dig a hole straight to the other side of the world. Really all I was doing was messing up the front yard!
So parents have to step in and be the voice of reason. The same pattern goes through life with counselors, advisers and mentors. We rely on those with more knowledge and experience to lead us.
Think back to all those times where you thought you knew. Where your knowledge is limited, God’s is infinite. He’s the ultimate father, counselor, advisor and mentor. Even though your plan just seems right, God sees what you can’t. His blocking you may just be a blessing. Remember God knows more than you.
“A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?” – Proverbs 20:24 NKJV
Every time a situation comes up, we try to do it our way. When that doesn’t work, then we go to the Lord. Usually we don’t like what He says and we continue to do it our way.
Then the inevitable happens. We fall flat on our faces. Broken and humbled, we finally submit to the Lord’s plan. In hindsight we realize He was right all along.
Do you believe that Jesus knows more than you? Then live like it. God knows your life’s plan. God made your life’s plan. Seek Him first in your decisions. Understand that His mind is greater than yours.
Even when He tells you to do something that seems ridiculous, just listen to Him. God knows, and He cares.