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God’s will

I love to plan. It is a passion of mine. It is comforting to me. It provides me the illusion that I am in control. I love to think that if I know where I am going (have a goal), I can figure out how to get there (a strategy). Much of my work is based on this premise. I make money off it.

I am not alone in this thinking. Just read all the books and internet articles on the topic. We all have been sold this bill of goods.

God knows better. God is God and God is in control. Jesus has been given all authority from his Father. Jesus challenges us to accept him as our Master. Jesus wants to be in control.

God has a goal for me. It is God’s goal and not mine. God will accomplish it. God wants me to take on my part of what he wants to carry out.

I need to change my mind (repent) about all of this. The culture of planning and success is wrong. God is going to have the last word.

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from Yahweh [the Lord]. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but Yahweh [the Lord] weighs the spirit. Commit your work to Yahweh [the Lord], and your plans will be established. Yahweh [the Lord] has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to Yahweh [the Lord]; be assured, he will not go unpunished. [1]

Source: King Solomon – Proverbs 16:1-5

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The disciple of Jesus who knows, loves, and obeys the will of God will enjoy God’s blessing. His life may not be easier, but it will be holier and happier. His very food will be the will of God; it will be the joy and delight of his heart.

  • James 4:13–15 (NASB) —Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, “If the Master wills, we will live and also do this or that.”
  • Psalm 33:10 —The Master nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
  • Psalm 20:4 —May He grant you your heart’s desire And fulfill all your counsel!
  • Psalm 140:8 — “Do not grant, Yahweh [the Lord], the desires of the wicked; Do not promote his evil device, that they not be exalted. Selah.
  • Psalm 146:4 —His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.
  • Proverbs 16:1–3 —The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Master. All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But Yahweh [the Lord] weighs the motives. Commit your works to Yahweh [the Lord] And your plans will be established.
  • Proverbs 16:9 —The mind of man plans his way, But Yahweh [the Lord] directs his steps.
  • Proverbs 19:21 —Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of Yahweh [the Lord] will stand.
  • Proverbs 21:30 —There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel Yahweh [the Lord].
  • Ecclesiastes 9:10 —Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
  • Isaiah 8:10 — “Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; State a proposal, but it will not stand, For God is with us.”
  • Isaiah 19:3 — “Then the spirit of the Egyptians will be demoralized within them; And I will confound their strategy, So that they will resort to idols and ghosts of the dead And to mediums and spiritists.
  • Jeremiah 19:7 — “I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place, and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies and by the hand of those who seek their life; and I will give over their carcasses as food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth.

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Pr 16:1–5.