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Directing Our Steps
By: Grace M.
My favorite chapter in the Bible is Proverbs 16. Even though the purpose of Proverbs is to share wisdom (rather than God’s promises), it is still full of truth and hope for our lives.
I especially cling to these verses from chapter 16: “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives. Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established….When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord,
he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice. The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps…The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:1-3, 7-9, & 33).
Solomon is discussing many different things in these verses, but they all revolve around two themes: God’s authority and His direction.
God’s authority is forever the ultimate authority. No one can thwart His reign or His plans…but we often try.
I think most people have a life plan in mind as they start growing up and thinking about the future. We may share it with others or simply think about it, but we probably all know where we want to be in ten years.
Ten years from now, I don’t know what my life will be like. I could be single and lonely, or I could be married and unable to have kids. I could be living in my hometown, or I could be living in a new and unknown place. I could be stuck with an awful job or even be unable to find a job.
Proverbs 16 can be my comfort in worrying times like these. I don’t have to freak out about the future because God directs my steps (16:9). I may not get the job I want or get married when I want or have as many friends as I want. But I can trust that God will open up the right opportunities at the right time.
Life is full of uncertainties. Tomorrow, I could be in a completely different place spiritually, physically, emotionally, and/or mentally. We simply cannot know what the next fifty years of life will hold (or if we’ll even have fifty more years of life)!
That is why we need to commit our works to the Lord. If we don’t, our plans cannot be established in accordance with His perfect will. We can ponder different ideas, choose a desired major, and even start a dream job; but, ultimately, God’s plan will prevail.
And then changes occur.
I haven’t experienced many major changes in my life. I have never moved to a new place, switched schools, or experienced the loss of a close family member. I haven’t gone through a painful breakup or been betrayed by all my friends. Thankfully, my life has been relatively free of change.
In the near future, I’m going to experience a lot of changes.
As much as I’d like to say that I am incredibly excited by the new opportunities that lie ahead, I would be telling you a lie. Sure, it’ll be neat to try some new things; but instead of trying one new thing at a time, a million changes will be thrust upon me at once.
I will have to let go of what is familiar and comfortable. How incredibly frightening and unnerving.
But life can be frightening and unnerving sometimes. As I said above, we don’t know what events are ahead.
We can be let go from a beloved job. Our favorite mentor or friend can move away. Our parents can enroll us in private school instead of homeschooling us. We can suffer from a serious injury or sickness. Our home can be destroyed by a hurricane or a fire.
When our plans and circumstances change, we must pray as David did: “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground” (Psalm 143:10).
We cling to our plans. We write them in our journals, share them with friends, and create goals to accomplish them. Plans in themselves are not sinful, but they become sinful when we grasp them rather than the Lord.
God goes before us. He sees what is ahead of us, and He will allow it to occur. We don’t get to do everything we want because He has something better for us to do. He decides which parts of our plan will come to pass and which parts we must surrender to Him.
Surrendering our plans and ourselves to God is a choice, but if we choose to do it, we will be blessed. Even our enemies will be at peace with us if we live in accordance with His Word (Proverbs 16:7).
I cannot assure you that you will get into your dream college, that you’ll play for your dream sport’s team, or that you’ll get your dream job.
But I can assure you of this: Our dreams are not as great as His plans. If we follow His plans, our dreams will fade in comparison.
Grace M. is a writer, a piano-player, and a sunset-lover. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and eating sour gummy worms. She blogs about the Christian life at https://tizziestidbits.wordpress.com.