Proverbs 16:9

The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.

Such words should be of great comfort to believers. It is comforting to know that however foolish my plans may be, ultimately the Lord will establish my steps to lead me to him. My heart always seems right to me, and yet will always lead me astray if not for the Holy Spirit. Many of my “wise” plans have met brick walls because God has graciously placed them in the way; many of my steps have led through unplanned paths bringing me to places I never could have reached left to my own devices. And many steps led me from the dangers of my plans.

What peace it is to know as I wrestle over my plans that God will be faithful in carrying out his plans for me despite the choices I make. The result is that there is no wasted past; indeed there is not wasted time at all; for God has established my steps to take me through trials (even those caused by my sinful plans) and lead me to his glory.

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