The Lord Directs Where Man Goes and What He Does
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”
Many times in life we make plans. Often we have a calendar for each
month of the year with certain events written on it including doctor’s
appointments, church meetings, school events, paydays, days off, etc.
Planning is not inherently sinful, as it is wise to plan ahead so you can
set reasonable goals for the future.
However, for the Christian, plans should never be set in stone; they
should always be temporary because the Lord is the One who is truly in
control of our lives. In our text, we see the phrase “a man’s heart
(emotions, will, and intellect) deviseth (continually plots or
conceives) his way…” Thus, when we make plans, those plans often arise
out of our own personal will and intellect. For example, we can plan to
go get our car taken to the shop for maintenance on Tuesday of next
week. Is that wrong? No. However, we have to be open for God to change
that plan if he chooses to do so. Even though it is our will that we
need to get the car done based on our knowledge that the car needs
maintenance, if God changes this plan, we should not get mad and angry
because God changed this plan. It is the Lord that directeth our steps.
Therefore, we should follow the example of what the Bible says in James:
“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this
or that.” Our desire in this life should not be to devise our own way
based on our own will, but our desire should be to do the “will of Him
that sent me” (John 6:38).
Will you commit to pray today that you will allow the Lord to
continually direct your plans based on His Will, and that you will be
open for God to change your future plans or schedules, regardless of
what you think is right based on your emotions, will, and intellect?