It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
Plan to Fail in the Plan of Man
If you fail to plan, you can plan to fail, but even more so if your plans don’t include what you know to be God’s plan. I would rather follow God’s plan and not know what’s going to happen than follow my own plan and think I know because it’s likely to blow up in my face. Everything needs to start with prayer and seeking God’s will above our own. It is written that God opens what no one can shut and shuts what no one can open (Rev 3:7-8), but I have to admit…I’ve tried to jimmy the lock a few times. Only later did I discover that I should have waited. My experience tells me that the Devil always wants us to be in a hurry, but God typically wants us to take our time.
Missing out on the Best
The Proverbs are so full of advice that we had better not lean on our own understanding (Prov 3:5) but trust Him to direct our paths (Prov 3:6). The Word of God can be used as a light to illuminate the dark, unknown, and unseen paths we will have to walk in this life (Psalm 119:105). If we listen to other people’s voices and not the voice of God, which speaks to us in the Bible, then we’ll miss out on hearing His voice when He says “’This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21). We won’t even know what we’re missing out on because we’ll be too far out of the path to recognize where God’s will is.
Who’s My Confidence In?
It all comes down to whom do we trust? Is our confidence in ourselves, or do we trust God? This might seem like a no-brainer, but I don’t always put my trust in the right place. Some of the men of faith from times past were said to be walking with God, but when we walk ahead of God, we are choosing to put our trust in ourselves. When we walk behind God, we are missing out on His best for us, so we must pray for His will to be made known to us and live a life that is pleasing to Him so that we’ll be in step with Him in living a life of obedience and be found walking with God. Otherwise, we risk not getting God’s best because we’re following our own plans and not His.
A Closing Prayer
Great God in heaven, You alone know my future. You know where I should go. Please show me Your will so that I might follow the plans that You have for me and not end up mistakenly following my own path full of hazards and missteps. Please forgive my hardness of heart, my dullness of hearing, and my eyes that do not see what Your plans are for me and for all the times I choose my own way. This I pray in the Name above all Names, Jesus Christ.
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