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"In his heart a man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9, NIV.
Our course is the directions we are going. Sometimes our course is vague and sometimes clear cut. A sailor may use the stars or a compass to set his course, but we are often our own course mapping the agenda of our own lives to fulfill some “American Dream.” We use the best tools and give great thought to the destination of our lives until we feel confident of the results.
There is a “But” in all of our plans. This verse of scripture says we are looking down to the road leading to the distant horizon, but we should be looking up to the Lord of Heaven. The Lord as ruler of the universe commands all things and we are subject to His authority. We may leave Him out of our plans but He will be in them if we want him or not.
God is good and compassionate and in His love He desires the best for us, so He directs our steps. We must not forget to include God in our plans. To leave God out of our plans is to invite Him in unwittingly, even changing our course against our will, for our good. If we put God in our plans we may still find He changes our plans but knowing He is good should give reassure us that those changes will be for our best.
That God determines our steps should be a comfort to us.
To determine something is to see through and test it, and to weigh it with understanding so that a conclusion gives action. God is doing this in all our steps. We may embark on a project and perceive it as failing but if God is in control and we have opened ourselves up to His control the failure we see may be His success.
The smart thing is to welcome God into every step from the first one on.
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