An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Best Laid Plans...

(Proverbs 16:9 KJV)  A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

There is a famous quotation, "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy."  I have heard it attributed to various people but it seems to go back to a Prussian commander, Moltke the Elder.  He could have been paraphrasing this verse.

We have all been there.  We plan and prepare.  We study and organize.  We do everything we can ahead of time and things immediately fall apart.  Many times we can look back and see that the failure of our path was for the best.  In reality, God had a better plan in mind.

God “directs” (3559) in many ways.  We are not aware of most of them.  This can be through open and closed doors, “coincidences”, the prodding of the Holy Spirit.

So?  Don’t panic or despair if things don’t go “right” today.  It could be God trying to patch up our mistakes. 


Gorges Smythe said...

So many of my plans have gone haywire that I tend to just "wing it" anymore, though I'm not sure that's wise either.

Pumice said...

We are told both to count the cost and not worry about what we are to say. The guy who gave this quote about plans was a planner. At the same time he also winged it most of the time.

I know I hate wasting time preparing if it is pointless.

Grace and peace.