Proverbs 19:21 Devotional [Always Have a Plan]

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Proverbs 19:21 Daily Devotional [Always Have a Plan]

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21 [link]

We should always have a plan; that’s a given. There’s a saying that says, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” However, the plans in our hearts must be subject to what God’s purpose is. The problem with planning comes when we try to replace God’s purpose with our plans. But even when we do that, the Proverb writer tells us that “it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

Proverbs 19:21 Application – How to Always Have a Plan

Submitting your plans to God is a sure way of making sure your heart is aligned to God’s purpose. If you’re like most people, you don’t have the kind of relationship with God where you have two-way verbal conversations, though, so this is tricky. A way to deal with this is to pray while creating a plan. When you do this, you’re telling God that you’re open to hearing him tell you what to plan. As you start forming your plan in the presence of the Lord, he’ll guide your steps as you work toward the goal you’ve intend to accomplish.

For example, I lead worship at my church weekly. During the week, I prayerfully plan how the songs are going to go in my own practice time. Once Sunday comes around, I’m fully prepared to do exactly what was planned during the week. However, I also know that God will do what he wants to do through me, so I always keep an open mind going into the songs because I know my planning isn’t what prevails. God will move how he wants to move during worship, and it’s my job at that moment to submit all the work and planning I did during the week and follow God.

I assume most of you aren’t worship leaders, though, and most of you don’t have jobs that require a willingness to be spontaneous in the middle of your work. This process still holds true. Want to get out of debt? Prayerfully set up your plan to do that, but keep an open mind when you get started on your plan. Want to lose some weight? Prayerfully set up your plan, but keep an open mind when you get started. I could go on, but you get the point.


Lord, thank you for the ability to plan. Help me to submit all my plans to you because I know your way is better. Give me the courage to plan even when I know that I’ll need to put your plans ahead of my own. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.

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