Pray First Plan Second

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…. The plans of the heart belong to man...All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lordand your plans will be established.”  Proverbs 16:1-3 ESV

Life is to be lived with purpose and direction. Plans, goals, aspirations are all part of our years on earth. What we see in Solomon’s wisdom, is the importance of how our plans connect with God’s will for our life and the Lord’s willingness to be involved in the direction and plans we make.

It is interesting that Solomon makes reference to the “plans of the heart…” instead of just the “plans of the mind.” The plans we have for ourselves reflect our thoughts and our emotions. That is where we get the concept of passion that drives what we do and what we plan for.

What is clear in Solomon’s wisdom is that regardless of man’s plans, the Lord knows our hearts and desires to partner with us as we trust in the Lord and surrender our future to Him.

That is why we see the reference to the fact that it is the “Lord who weighs the spirit.” I am reminded of the Apostle John’s words, “….we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:20 NIV) 

The best advice is to seek the Lord with all of our hearts, to commit to the Lord our plans and our work. When we do that we can confidence that our “plans will be established.”

Prayer for today… Lord thank You that You are not a spectator or bystander in our journey in life. You desire to “direct our paths.” How we need to know that what we desire is Your desire for our life and the You will go with us and before us in all that we do.