The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Proverbs 16:9

by admin on August 12, 2012 in Faith, Purpose, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).

When you dream of your future, what are you like? What is your marriage like and your job and your ministry? Perfect, right?

Where our hearts go in dreams have a profound impact on the goals we set for ourselves. Perhaps one could say that goals are measured dreams.  What’s so staggering, however, is that our goals and dreams pale in comparison to what God’s plan and purpose for our lives is.  At best we are seeking Him and listening for His guidance and direction, but even then, our hopes are still shaped around what would fulfill and please us.  None of us dreams of being cast aside and rejected or of suffering and wanting, yet God has a way of determining which steps we will take to get to travel the glorious journey He has set out for us.  They aren’t always easy.  They aren’t always blissful.  They aren’t always what we expected.  But they are always good because He is good.

This means that micromanaging your wedding planning or your marriage will result in a dream, a goal, or a journey that is less than God intended.  Plan with an open fist.  Do your research, execute well, but be open for detours and even road blocks as you move forward.  Having God determine your steps will be more glorious than any course you could ever plan and pursue yourself.  That is good news!

Lord, my Counselor and Guide, what a relief that I am not in control of every detail of my life!  Forgive me, however, that I don’t trust You enough to be open with all the areas of my life.  Particularly now, in this season of wedding planning, show me where I am keeping Your will out of my planning and engagement.  I want the journey that You have set out for me, so please be a light unto my feet, that I might walk in the steps you have determined are for me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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