“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21
Human beings are natural planners. We plan meals, routes, businesses, speeches, cities, schedules, vacations, and thousands of other activities. Planning is wise (see Luke 14:28), and it is a fitting expression of our creation in the image of God. Think of how satisfying it is when our plans come to fruition: when our business plan succeeds, when our meals are delicious and on-budget, when we arrive to our destination on time, etc.

As Christians, though, we need to remind ourselves that plans are just plans. The wise understand that ultimately if our plans are not in line with the purpose of the Lord, then they will not come to pass. This truth ought to build within us a sense of flexibility.

Too often we are tempted to see setbacks, roadblocks, changes, or even the outright failure of our plans as evidence of God’s displeasure. You can rest, knowing that God’s plans—which included even the crucifixion of His own Son for us—are ultimately the best. May we be flexible enough to shape our lives according to God’s perfect design.

Scripture Focus

Ephesians 3:1-13


Where in your life have you had to adapt your plans to what God ultimately intended for you?

Bible In A Year

  • Jeremiah 1-2
  • Psalm 104
  • Acts 28