The bible often brings me back to one recurring refrain: God’s plan, not my plan. His will, not mine. Tonight’s passage is no exception:
Plans are made in human hearts, but from the LORD comes the tongue’s response. All one’s ways are pure in one’s own eyes, but the measurer of motives is the LORD. Entrust your works to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. The LORD has made everything for a purpose, even the wicked for the evil day. Every proud heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured that none will go unpunished. By steadfast loyalty guilt is expiated, and by the fear of the LORD evil is avoided. When the LORD is pleased with someone’s ways, he makes even enemies be at peace with them. Better a little with justice, than a large income with injustice. The human heart plans the way, but the LORD directs the steps.
It is so easy to get lost in my own thoughts, my own plans, my own desires. It is so easy to believe I know what I am doing, or to believe that what I am doing is all for good. But if I am honest, almost all of my plans are selfishly driven.
Lord, open my heart to your plans. Help me to trust my works to you. Direct my steps because I want them to lead to you. Allow me to let go, and to mean (and understand) with all my heart: Thy will be done.