Sunday, October 9, 2011

Proverbs 16:9 - Making Plans

I am in the process of reading Courageous, a book by Randy Alcorn based on the Courageous movie.  I haven't seen the movie yet, but have heard great reviews about it.  You can check out this link to see if it is playing at a theater near you.  While reading last night, I came across a reference to Proverbs 16:9.  Proverbs 16:9 states:

"In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps." (NIV)

I have often heard the phrase, "If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans."  I'm not so sure that is true in the strictest sense, because I do believe that God wants to hear our desires and plans, just as parents loves to hear the dreams and desires of their children.  But, we do need to make sure that our dreams and plans are in line with those of our Heavenly Father.  The only way we can make sure that is the case is to continually spend time with Him through prayer and studying the Bible. 

Sometimes we lay out 5 or 10 year plans for our lives and live each day in anticipation of those goals and forget to enjoy the trip along the way.  When we face a bump along the road, or our 5 or 10 year goals get sidetracked, we can sometimes become very discouraged and disappointed.  We should know, however, that God's plans and dreams for us are far better than any we can dream.

So, it is OK to dream and plan, but do it with the prayerful request of God's guidance to make dreams and plans that would be in lines with His desires for us and be thankful that God's plans are always what is best for us. 

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  1. Fabulous book - I loved it! Haven't seen the movie yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so soon. :-)

  2. I guess I need to pick up a copy of Courageous. Sounds like a good read. We've been through some rough times when we wondered how the things we faced could be God's plan for our lives, but we can say in retrospect that God's design was to draw us closer to Him.

  3. Amen! A man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. :) ~Lisa (visiting from Laura's)