Plan to Let Go
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 pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:1-3, ESV)
Commit your work to the LORD and your plans will be established. Work and plans...sounds like an intentional walk, doesn’t it? Like we aren’t supposed to just sit down and wait for life to happen.
I love it when I meet people who are deemed ‘successful’ in their careers and hear their stories. Typically their journey included a whole lot of failure, hard work, tears and fears. Often, right before they had a breakthrough, they almost quit.
Meanwhile, jealous people stand on the sidelines with comments like, ‘They are so lucky’. Trust me, from what I’ve seen; luck played a small part for most.
But what about us as Christians? Do we depend on luck for our futures and provisions? No.
Proverbs is full of verses extolling the virtue of hard work and warning the lazy. In fact, many successful business people read this book of wisdom, gleaning from it all kinds of practical applications. My problem is, I tend to turn to this book to ‘fix’ things after I’ve run ahead of God and messed up. My plans aren’t always exactly known to be fool-proof.
So, I’m learning to stop being such a control freak. I’m learning to keep my eyes on the work right in front of me and while I do still make loose plans, I set my blueprints in front of the Master builder and relinquish my shortsighted designs to His control. If my true heart’s desire is to please Him, then I won’t be disappointed if He changes my plans. It’s not as scary as it sounds...we serve a very good Master and what He builds can always be trusted. Surrender your plans to the LORD. He’s a much better designer than you—let Him take you further and higher than you ever imagined.
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