Plans…we all make them and we all have them. Even not having a plan is sort of a plan. Let’s look at what Proverbs has to say about “plans” in Proverbs 19:20-21:
Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.
If you are reading this and you are over the age of 6, you’ve had times in your life where your plans did not materialize. By the way, if you are under the age of 10 and reading this blog let me know, I’ve got a lollipop I’d like to give you! But anyway, we all have plans that didn’t turn out the way we wanted. Sometimes those plans are relatively minor…like a rainout for a picnic or a baseball game. Other times those plans are more significant such as college or career plans…or even marriage plans. Verse 21 says that there are many plans in a man’s heart but the Lord’s counsel is what will stand. God’s plans for you are not going to change to adapt to your plans. Nor will God allow the actions of others to interfere with His plans for you.
The key to this is found in verse 20. If we listen to the counsel of God’s word and God’s people, then we will be wise. Part of that wisdom will be that we will be in line with God’s plan for our lives. Since we will never know all the details of the plan, the important thing here is that we are adaptable to what God has in mind.
Go ahead and make plans…plans are important and can help us achieve important goals and objectives…but always make your plans with an eye on what God’s word says and a trust in His plan for your life. As the leader of the A-team used to say, “I love it when a plan comes together”.