We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9, NLT
There are many amongst us who are obsessed with goals and dreams. We look far-out in our future and then we create a step-by-step plan, arrange a timeline with deadlines and even appoint liability partners. I’m guilty of that, and I suck at it. I already have several planners, encoded a timeline for each month then per week, and asked my best friend to check on my progress. At first, I felt immensely motivated, but it wore off after a few minor setbacks.
I realized that we can make plans in our lives and oftentimes, things don’t go well. We either decide that our plans aren’t going to work at all or we move forward despite all the difficulties. Unfortunately, many fall to the former and they start losing faith in their dreams and sadly, in themselves.
But what if we take this bible verse by heart and live it? What if we make plans and we allow God to guide us through it? It doesn’t mean there’s no need to organize anymore. Read Exodus and you’ll see that when God was planning the tabernacle, He was absolutely detailed and organized. However, God is God and He knows everything. We don’t know anything. You can make plans to be a singer without knowing that in the future, you’ll be deaf. Or you plan to serve the Lord through celibacy without knowing that in the future, you’ll fall in love.
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) However, we don’t know exactly what this plan is. We can guess and experiment, but we will never be sure. Perhaps right now, you claim to know for sure that this is the plan God has for you in your life. Then something happens, and you start to doubt.
Goals and dreams are exciting. They give meaning to everyday life. God intends for us to dream. We put our hopes in our dreams. To dream, to plan, to have goals are good. To allow God to intervene and direct is better. When you make plans, lift them up to the Lord. When misfortune happens, ask God to help you learn from it. When you progress, celebrate with praise. When God intervenes, trust Him. Your plans might need to change but don’t be discouraged. Remember Jeremiah 29:11.
When we make plans, the future looks so bright. So bright that sometimes, we don’t see the steps we should be taking to get there. Let the Lord determine your steps.