November 21, 2015
"Many plans are in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails." - Proverbs 19:21
As with any combination of words put together as a sentence in the art form of writing, there are many different ways to decode its meaning. Today, I’m seeing a different decoded meaning of this verse, which its common meaning is repeated many times in many places in the bible, a little differently.
Commonly, I read this kind of verse as — I can make all the plans I want, but only what the LORD lets happen will happen.
But a different way to read it — There’s a lot things I might want to do, but what the LORD wants me to do is the thing that will “prevail”, that will “count”, that will “remembered by the LORD”, that will transfer over from this world to the next when I go to heaven.
If read this way, it’s not just about acknowledging God’s will and power that HE exerts on the world and in my life, but it’s also about setting the direction of my heart according to God’s compass in a way that I will do things that matter, and not things that will disappear at the end.
There are so many things that I want to do, that I might do, as well as things I have to do, but which of things are things God wants me to do, and will I have to wisdom, will, and power to do it. “I” don’t on my own, but “I” do with HE who is my wisdom and power. Question is, will I? And that is a choice, the battle. I did in a little way, by starting my Saturday with this QT, but what of the rest of the day? What will I choose to do?
I don’t think everything is so clear cut, and except for sinful things, pretty much anything can be for his glory, and even the sinful things, God has a way to turn it to use for his glory, but some things have painful consequences that should be avoided. Doesn’t mean, I should just do whatever. I’m so natural at being selfish that if I am not spiritually awake and walking with Jesus, it’s so easy for me to do whatever I want without any regard as to His purpose.
Application: read 3 chapters of 2 Samuel, pray 15 minutes, prepare tomorrow’s ppt with joy, go to choir practice with joy