16 May A Proverbs A Day // Proverbs 16
The 16th // Proverbs 16
To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue.” –Proverbs 16:1
In 2014, my husband and I had a big talk about our family. We decided to go ahead and wait another year before trying for a baby. We wanted to save up for a trip to Spain in the summer of 2015 and begin trying once we arrived home. I thought this was a great idea and, even though I had been ready to start trying, I resigned to the fact that we would wait a year to try.
The following week, I found out I was pregnant.
Isn’t it funny how that works? So often I make plans for my life, thinking that’s the way it needs to be… the BEST it can be, and God goes ahead and switches things up, only for me to realize that His plan was way better all along. I far prefer that I have a precious, giggling baby boy in my home over a trip a Spain ANY DAY. He couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Thank you, LORD for ruining my plan! It’s so much better this way!
Solomon talks a lot about God’s plans for us in Proverbs 16. He tells us that God directs our paths and that even the best-made plans may fail… it’s all up to God [16:9]. He says that everyone’s plans seem right to them, but that God knows their true motives [16:2]. He says if we commit to seeking after God, we don’t need to worry about the future [16:3] and that His plans are always what’s best for us [16:4]. Our futures are in the hands of our creator, which, for those who seek Him first, is great news. Solomon tells us that our God is just and that those who follow Christ in love and faithfulness are safe from the wages of sin [16:6]. He warns us to seek wisdom at all costs, because some paths seem like they’re the right way to go, but they take us farther away from God [16:25]. Wisdom is the only way to know the difference and Solomon tells us that our Earthly gains are nothing compared to our spiritual ones by saying that it’s better to be good with little to our names than rich and perverse [16:8].
How much better to gain wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” –Proverbs 16:17
Too often I get anxiety over creating and following through with my plans, but God calls me to trust Him and His plans for my life. Today, I pray that I remember that my plans, while I always try and make them, may not be God’s plans for me and that when they fail, it’s only because God has something else planned for me! I pray that I remember that His plans are to prosper and not to harm me. They are plans to give me hope and a future.
We are halfway through the A Proverbs A Day Challenge! This challenge has been convicting and empowering. Being in the Word daily has blessed me so very much. How has it affected you?