Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purposes that prevail. Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
In the last post the idea of God-focused activity (focused by God, as well as on God) was developed. The verse above from Proverbs continues this theme.
In general life and in church it is necessary to plan, but don’t be surprised and frustrated if sometimes your plans don’t work out. The test will be to see how you react when something you have planned and worked for doesn’t happen the way you want it to or in the timescale you have chosen. Those around you shouldn’t be the brunt of your frustration, nor should God.
The reason why the plan didn’t work out could be as simple as it isn’t in God’s purposes. There are two issues here. One is the necessity to seek God’s guidance for our plans to ensure that they conform with his purposes. Secondly, we need to seek God’s timing for the implementation of the plans. If either is out of step with God’s will, it will lead to failure.
Remember that plans need to be focused on God and also focused by God.
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