This verse is so very profound to me. It is so effortless in life to make our own plans & not let God determine our steps. God graciously allows us to make our own plans in life but merely wants to determine our steps. It’s not saying that we don’t have a choice in the matter, but actually the complete opposite!
We can make our plans and still allow God to determine our steps. I think we all have struggled in this area, especially when it comes to having “godly” ideas that will ultimately “bless” others. For me, I have been in a constant state of struggle when it comes to giving. I know very firmly what God has commanded me to give & I have seen great fruit in my life because of my obedience, BUT it does not always come quickly.
At times I struggle with wanting to use that money for other things in my life. Especially in the area of saving up for my future and the future of my children. It would seem logical & even ideal to be saving up that extra money to buy a house for my kids, put it away for college, save it for a rainy day, etc… Shoot we can even think that we could take that money and “bless” others with it! It’s been a struggle for me over the last few years when it comes to paying off some debt, saving for a rainy day and trying to save enough money to buy a house.
Although I struggle with thinking about how much “impact” that money can have in the life of those around me. I have to realize that although the plans I have for the future of myself and my children are amazing, Godly, and will ultimately bless my future, I have to stop and remember to let God direct my steps.
In my case, that means to continue to save as much as I can while I give what God has asked of me to give. That means being smart and making cutbacks in certain areas to ensure that I am maximizing what I can put away for that future. Although at this point in my life I do not have much money left over, I still put God first and allow Him to move…
I dream of the day that I am able to buy a house for my girls & I… Where I sit back, knowing that I was obedient and that the only way I was able to get into a house was because God provided. Yes, I can make plans of my own and choose to save. It’s only for a few months right? Wrong. By staying obedient and allowing God to direct my steps, there will be an immense amount of glory for Him when the time comes to the plans being accomplished.
Sometimes, He allows us to plan for the opportunity to be obedient to how He wants to execute the plan. His steps will ultimately perfect the plan much more than any amount of “wisdom” I can try and come up with…