A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 NKJV
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 ESV
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 NIV
A person’s heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9 CSB
A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them. Proverbs 16:9 AMP
Lately I have been getting really into planners. I have had an appreciation for them for a long time, but lately I have had it on my heart to plan better. By this, I mean that God has been tugging at my heart to consciously become more aware of how I spend my time and work hard to make better use of my time in ways that He determines.
God has been reminding me day after day that while I can sit here and fill up my planner with all kinds of things I want to do, and fill my days with endless tasks, ultimately He will be the One determining what I do and do not get done. I can plan to my heart’s content but His will will be done no matter what I do or do not do, and He will provide all that is needed for His will to be done.
I’ve been noticing a better balance of tasks since I gave my planning over to God and let Him lead my scheduling and priorities. I’ve seen a drastic reduction in tasks I really wanted to do that God showed me were not where He wanted me to focus - He has better things for me to spend my time doing. In this I have not only been able to start investing my time more effectively and efficiently, but He has given me time to rest, to have some fun, to spend with my family more, and focus better on the tasks that bring Him the most glory and honor.
This week I see a huge shift happening in my own schedule, and I wonder what would happen if more people would give God control of their plans, their schedules, their to-do lists so He can do what only He can do. I wonder how many people would find more satisfaction in their days and less worry over what did and did not get done when or how we wanted. We are all called to prioritize God above all else, and through Proverbs 16:9 we see that even when we plan according to our own will, God’s will will be done. Set your heart’s plans and desires on the Lord and He will make straight your paths for His glory and kingdom. He will provide the stepping stones, the resources, the time, the help. He is our Provider, our Way Maker, and our loving Heavenly Father. Entrust your plans to His will and let Him lead the way each and every day.