Pastor Randy’s Top 66 – Proverbs
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
The Proverbs – mostly written or compiled by Solomon – are not necessarily all promises from the Lord, but rather they should be viewed as godly principles. Principles refer to how life ought to be lived, and in God’s providence, if the principles are lived out practically and sincerely, the principle will often prove to be true in actuality.
But I believe that this particular proverb is not a principle or a promise, but rather a fact. This verse speaks of the Triune God’s infinite, infallible, and immutable character and nature as being omnipotent, omniscient, sovereign and all wise. I’m of the theological persuasion that the Lord God Almighty is in control of all things (Psalm 135:6; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 46:10; Daniel 4:35; Romans 9:19-21; Job 42:2; 2 Chronicles 20:6; Revelation 19:6; Acts 17:25), and even though man is unquestionably free to a certain and very limited extent, the Lord God is completely and absolutely free.
Man chooses, but never outside of the sovereign control and will of the Father. If man were completely autonomous and free to do whatever they would like to do, whenever they want to do it, to whoever they want to do it to – as some have come to believe – then the Lord would have control over very little. If the Lord is not in control of all things, then He’s not God, and He would be controlled by the dictates of man. That’s a pretty frightening thought to me. And of course, if man was in charge and not the Lord, then very little would be accomplished for the sake of God’s Kingdom and His ultimate purposes and plans, and this world would be nothing but chaos. Now, you might think, “Well, the Lord isn’t doing a very good job because the world around us IS in chaos!” Those that think that way have no idea what chaos is. If the Lord took His hand of common grace off of this world for one second, we would all be dead in ten minutes. Nuclear weapons would be flying; crime and all other kinds of sin would be commonplace, and life as we know it would be pure and unabashed pandemonium.
So, back to Proverbs 19:21….Yes, since we are not robots or puppets we are certainly to make our plans, but this is why the Word of God says continuously that when we make our plans we are:
- to seek His face (1 Chronicles 16:11)
- to trust in Him with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6 – another great proverb!!)
- to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33)
- to desire to walk in God’s will (Psalm 40:8)
- to ask the Lord what His will is for us (James 4:13-16)
- and be willing to adjust, change, or throw out our plans in order to follow the Lord’s much better plans (Luke 22:42)
It is very comforting for me to know that my God is sovereign – in charge of all things – and that even though as my Father He gives me some limited latitude in the plans that I make – I can rest confidently in His omnipotence (all powerful), His omniscience (all knowing), and the knowledge that as a sovereign God (all control) He rules in perfect and infinite wisdom.