“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
The LORD’s purpose prevails. Always. No matter what. Despite our plans, mistakes, or even sin, God’s purpose will stand. This is both comforting and disconcerting, isn’t it? It is comforting because no matter how much we may mess up, or misunderstand, or fail, God’s will for our lives will be accomplished – one way or another. It is disconcerting because this truth forces the realization that God is indeed in complete control. He is big, and we are small.
God does not need us. Acts 17:25 says that God “is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” This is one of the great mysteries of God. He does not need our service, yet He chooses to accomplish His plans through our service. Ephesians 2:10 says that God has saved us for “good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
When put together, these truths paint a beautiful picture of what it means to have a personal relationship with the sovereign God of the universe. God’s purpose will prevail. He does not need anyone or anything to bring about His plans. Yet, in grace and wisdom He has chosen to humble Himself and include His children in His work. Do you wonder why?
Have you ever allowed your young child to “help” you with a household chore? Clearly, you could do it better yourself. You do not need your child’s help. In fact, it would be easier and more efficient just to do it yourself. So why involve your child in your work? It is because you love your child. You enjoy spending time with your children; and you delight in their willingness to help you. It is about the relationship, not the task.
So it is with God. He delights in hearts that long to serve Him. It brings Him joy to see His children “help” Him. He does not need our help, but He does want our hearts.
LORD, It is humbling to admit that You do not need me. And it is overwhelming to believe that You want me. Please use me today, Lord, to accomplish Your plans. I surrender my plans and ideas to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.