When our oldest daughter graduated from high school, we booked a summer cruise to celebrate. The family would spend seven days in the Caribbean on a floating resort! We researched the ports and excursions. We checked the weather to pack the right clothing. We carefully picked the flight to get us to the departure city on time. Our plans were detailed and thorough.
When the day arrived, we loaded the luggage and went to the airport. But one problem after another arose. We suffered through mechanical trouble, overbooking, and weather issues. After hours of trying everything, our disappointed family reloaded the car and went home. All our careful planning could not get us on that ship. Too many things were simply out of our control.
We humans like to plan, but our control is limited. In fact, you may be frustrated or anxious right now because you feel you have no control over your life. Be encouraged and take comfort in this firm truth: our God has complete control.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3, NIV
God’s people can trust Him with our lives – and our plans. In fact, we make the best plans when we first seek God’s direction. The word “commit” in Proverbs 16:3 implies a humble dependence on God for the direction of our lives. Ask for His will and follow it. God blesses the plans that please Him. Then, leave the outcome up to God. Our plans still may change, but we can trust God is in control.
In what ways can you seek God’s direction for your plans and then trust Him to carry out His perfect will?