9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
When my eldest son Al was little one of his favorite sentences was, "I've got a plan." I used to chuckle to myself and wonder what he would say next. He often had some pretty good plans and it was so cute to hear them from a little fella. When we read the whole of the Bible we see that God is not against plans or planning. He just wants us to realize that our plans need to be in line with His will to succeed. Verse 3 tells us to commit our plans to the Lord and verse 1 lets us know that God has the right answer in all circumstances. I'm convinced that sometimes this is hard because we hold so tightly to "our plan" that we have trouble hearing what God is saying. Realizing that when we allow God to examine even good plans means He might tell us to change pieces of it can be unsettling if we forget that He always has our best in mind. In planning we must remember that Father God may interrupt or change our plans. He always has our best in mind. God is in control of our steps or our providence. Sometimes one of little Al's plans would be something that we could implement , but sometimes we'd have to change it a little for safety sake. Even as a child it was evident that he was going to be like his daddy in someways. One of the things I love about Pastor John is his ability to access a situation and come up with a plan.
Is it easy or hard for you to commit your plans to God?
What are some ways the Lord speaks to you about the plans you are making or the plans He has for you?
Here are a few more verses that stood out to me.
28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
gossip separates the best of friends.
Be careful about what seeds (usually words) that you take in concerning your friends. The enemy wants to destroy relationships that give godly strength.
What kind of words are coming out of your mouth?