“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished. By steadfast love and faithfulness, iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.” Proverbs 16:1-6
How many live their lives like they toss a coin? Do you realize how many people leave their life to chance? Solomon writes in verse 33, “How many live their lives like they toss a coin? If you strive for nothing- you will achieve your goal of nothing. Many of us go through life just tossing the coin and rolling the dice. Solomon adds, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
This verse is a good reminder for all of us. We often dream and make plans for our future. Many times, we make some decisions in life, thinking that it is the right path for our dreams to come true. I have got great news for you this morning, you don’t have to keep tossing the coin and rolling the dice any longer. It’s time to put the dice in God’s hands. It’s time to toss the coin to Jesus. It’s time to let go and let God. Listen, it is the Lord who directs our steps. The Lord knows what is best for us. He does everything in our lives according to His plan and purpose.
He may lead us in green pastures where our life’s journey is so pleasant. But sometimes, His will for our lives may be different. He may lead us through the desert or the valley of tears where life can be so difficult to bear. I don’t know whether you are going through a rough patch right now and all your plans and dreams have been shattered.
Remember that our God cares for you. He knows what is best for you. His plan and purpose for your life may be different from others around you. But remember, our God holds you by His precious hand and He is always there to lead you step by step. He is our Good Shepherd. He will lead us on the path that is set for us. Rely on God. Hold on to His mighty hand. Be encouraged that He has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Listen, put God first in your heart. Love Him and serve Him with all your heart. Let the fear of the Lord permeate your life. If we seek Him with our lives, even though our path is rough, we can be assured that the Holy Spirit will lead us and guide us step by step.
Our life on this earth is not permanent. Our spending eternity with Jesus should be our top priority. We are just pilgrims and sojourners in this world. In the words of Billy Graham, “We’re just passing through to eternal destination: Heaven.” We need God’s hand to lead us and direct our steps. Pray for God to meet you on the road less traveled. Pray for God to meet you in the valley of tears. Pray for God to re-arrange your priorities. Pray for God to take His rightful place in your heart.
God initiates a covenant relationship with you. God can never break covenant. That is who He is. Take time to praise Him this morning.