“The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions], But the Lord weighs and examines the motives and intents [of the heart and knows the truth]. Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].”
Proverbs 16:1-3 AMP
As I was reading this proverb I knew that all of us would be able to relate to the words that had been written. I think that’s why the word of God is so perfect, because its always going to be relatable, whether its 600 B.C or 2022 A.D. These words of wisdom are as relevant now as they were then.
“The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man…”
In our hearts and minds we map out everything that we want to happen in our lives. We know what we’re going to do tomorrow, for our future, when we’ll get married, when we’re going to have kids and what job we are going to have. These plans belong to US, given by our own MIND. We get so invested in these plans that anything that deviates from that is like “God why?” We get so disappointed when they don’t work out that we even begin to blame God. We watch those plans fall apart and we can’t do anything about it.
And we wonder, “but God why did you do this?” But those weren’t God’s plans where they? You prayed about it like it was a promise from God. But those weren’t His promises, they were promises you made to yourself. And the disappointment comes in when what we thought we wanted, wasn’t actually what we needed.
I was at a point in my life where nothing made sense anymore. I was so disappointed in myself and I understood what Solomon meant when he said, “But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the Lord.” And in realising that truth, that even though we make the plans, the only true path comes from God, it both comforts and scares me.
Because we want control, we want to dictate how everything works out and if we could do that, imagine how even more selfish the world would be. It’s so easy to become anxious and afraid in those times but the greatest thing about those moments is that we can be comforted knowing that where we are, is exactly where God wants us to be. Even in our disappointments.
So, B R E A T H E, because 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you,” and James 1:5 “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” You can trust your God. Because even when you have no idea what is happening, He will help you through it. But take heed to the warnings James gives in verse 6, make sure that your faith is in Him alone. Don’t go to the world and rely on them to tell you where to go.
“All the ways of a man are clean and innocent in his own eyes [and he may see nothing wrong with his actions].”
We think we know what’s best for us. We think we have the ability to do good and find the right path – but truly, we don’t. The reason we can’t trust and believe in our own plans is because we can’t see beyond our own perspective. Our heart is deceitful, so when you trust it, you’re choosing to trust what you cannot ever give yourself.
“Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live.”
Psalms 107:4-7 NLT
Some of us, are trying to find a path that only God knows the way to.
“Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].”
So, B R E A T H E, give it to God. Every time you think about it, every time you feel overwhelmed, remember the feet where you left that thing. Whatever it may be. He will do the purification within us. He knows the depth of the brokenness and wickedness in our ways, so its better for us to stop trying to make Him sit in the passenger seat and just let Him take the wheel.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:33-34 NLT
And as we wait for things to make sense, trust in God and not the plan.
“And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”
Romans 5:5 NLT
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