We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives.
We’ve all made plans that have fallen short of what we intended. Our plans, at least according to us are always pure but what if they aren’t? What are the motivations for the plans we make? Are they truly for the greater good or are they actually selfish?
Verse 3 says that our plans will succeed if we commit them to the Lord, but what does that mean? To commit them to the Lord?
If we were to reflect on our motives and do it honestly we would see that our motives almost always, are selfish. I know because my motives are selfish.
The plans I make for my day off are more centered on me napping on the couch than they are for checking off some the items on the honey do list.
The plans I make during my time at work are far more focused on my goals than on doing what pleases my employer.
And you know, ambition is good, making plans is good but seeking guidance from the Lord and asking Him what His plans are is not always easy. His plans for me, and my plans for me are rarely the same.
The writer of Proverbs says that the Lord gives the right answer, but to know the right answer we’d have to ask Him first. To ask Him we need to read His Word and then be willing to accept the answer He gives.
From our perspective it can seem like we know what we are doing, but from His point of view He can see exactly where that path will lead and that’s why we need to commit to pleasing and obeying Him first and then we can submit our plans to Him and He will lead us.
The motives of our hearts are not even as close to being as pure as we like to tell ourselves. Taking a good hard look in the mirror and seeing our true motives would paint a picture that we would not want anyone to see. And the good news about that is, is that God sees it and still loves you!
Knowing that I am loved even though I don’t commit my plans to Him is extremely comforting. I often have to learn things the hard way because I don’t commit my plans to Him, and He loves me through it.
God sees your motives for doing everything and as much as we try to hide it, God sees it. How many of your friends would turn their backs on you if they knew what you truly thought? Be honest when you answer that. Now, remember that God knows it and still He loves you.
That’s awesome! Isn’t it? For all the junk I’ve got going on inside, for all the garbage I hide from people, God looks at me and can still honestly say that He loves me, that Jesus died for those sins, and He chose to! It wasn’t because He had to, or was obligated to, He wanted to do whatever was necessary to save us, the cross was necessary and it should’ve been us hanging on it, but instead He volunteered and now we know that His plans were all about us.
So let’s make our plans all about Him, and just see where that can take us.
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