Proverbs 16: Planning For Your Marriage

Proverbs 16: Planning For Your Marriage

What are your plans for today after work? How about this weekend? Next year? Retirement? We plan and strategize, we set benchmarks and stress out about the goals and direction that we are headed in, but where is God’s plan in our plans? Let’s take our jobs for example, we get fed up with our job, update our resume, start networking, and then pray to God to give us a new job. All without regard for what God might be doing through the stressors of our job. Could you be close to a promotion, or could it be strengthening your faith walk? All questions that only God can answer. So here is one of my favorite passages to turn to when I am making plans for my life and marriage. I always walk away from this passage with a fresh perspective of my role and God’s sovereignty when it comes to making plans.

Proverbs 16:1-4 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 clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

What Does it Mean to Us?

The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

In our hearts, in our minds, we can make plans all day, but only God can speak life to our plans. So many times I have tried to force, jam, slam my plans through…But in truth the outcome is of the Lord. I can not move or effect anything without God’s “answer”.

All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.

Another great image! The Lord, has a scale and He can determine what your real motives are, for the plans of your heart.

I can rationalize, justify and generally make sense of my plans. To me it always makes sense that I should get whatever I want. Should I be a millionaire? Absolutely. But the Lord has our heart in his hands and is able to determine why we really want what we want.

Commit your works to the LORD And your plans will be established.

The Hebrew word translated here as “commit” is best understood through the picture of a person rolling a boulder up a hill. But while you are pushing the boulder up the hill, God is on the other side pulling it, up the hill for you. Through the push and pull of getting that boulder up the hill, God says, our plans will be made stable.

Talk about encouraging! I have made some unstable plans in my day. But when I play my part in pushing, God plays his part in pulling. Imagine what happens if I stop pushing or I don’t have God pulling for me. I get rolled over.

The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.

Take some stress off of yourself, it all belongs to God! I can spend so much time fretting about …everything. But the outcomes of our planning is under God’s control.

So let’s change the question, which also changes how we pray for our marriage and future. “What plans does God have you?”


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