“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans” – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV).
Planning is good. Every manager is encouraged to plan. Yet all plans are premised on certain assumptions: the availability of funds, willingness of manpower, peace; factors sometimes which one does not have control. For example, as 2020 begun, who could have guessed there would come along a yearlong pandemic, paralyzing all business operations, by locking down people in their homes and behind closed borders.
Even in 2021 certain countries hit by a second wave of the virus, have had to recoil back into a lockdown. All plans put on hold.
That is why Proverbs 21:31 says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” Yes, while we all make plans, and however masterfully they are, in the end the power lies with God.
In our individual lives few would argue against the wisdom of planning. But yet at the same time when one fails to realize or concede that there is a limit to all our plans such has lost the point. Plan we may; but we don’t have control of everything.
The Christian soldier knows that full well and takes comfort in the supreme knowledge that beyond all preparations for battle there is one who holds the key. As Proverbs 16:9 says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, through this year, with all our plans perfectly written and in place, may we remember that in the end you have the keys to bring success.