Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reflections on Proverbs: Plans and Guidance

In our praise and awe of God, some people surrender to a passive theology. God's in charge of all creation, after all, and we are puny little humans, not worthy to kiss the hem of His celestial robes.

Let God take care of it.

Whatever it is.

But God doesn't want us to sit on our hands and do nothing with the life He gave us. We are made in His image to create, think, He's not our puppet-master.

Today's proverb reminds us of this.

A man's mind plans his way,
  but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

These two lines sum up a lot of our problem in life. We make plans. Of course we do. We were created to make plans in the image of a Creator who makes plans.

But how do we let the Lord direct our steps?

Pray in all things and listen for God. You'll hear Him. He'll speak through daily life, your friends, your enemies, seeming coincidences, even dreams.

Be open to His Word. Read scriptures in an attitude of love and worship and gratitude. You will find guidance there.

Pray for forgiveness. We all make mistakes in our plans. We encounter unexpected consequences, our steps falter. God forgives us our mistakes, even uses them to further His plans. Trust that.

What plans are you making right now? How are you letting the Lord direct your steps? Have you dropped plans because they seemed too big for you? How would they turn out if you have God's help moving them forward?


  1. Thank you, Susan. As always, you've touched my heart; and on this particular day, the verse you used is exactly what I needed to hear.


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