Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 19

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God‘s purpose prevails
. Proverbs 19:21 (TM)

    We own a wave runner that we use at Grandpa and Grandma’s playhouse on Lake of the Ozarks. Driving a wave runner takes some getting used to. Because it’s basically a water jet, the thing only turns and maneuvers when you’re actually moving through the water. If you’re sitting there in the water not moving, you can move the handlebars all you want and it won’t turn.

    I’ve come to believe that life operates like a wave runner. God
can’t direct us if we’re not moving. God’s will and
purpose are intricately woven through our own desires, intentions, and decisions.
Use the wisdom God gives you in making decisions, but for goodness sake make a decision
and get moving.

    With daughters in high school and an impending graduation this May, there is a lot of talk in our house about "options and plans". As a youth pastor and pastor, I had many discussions with people about God’s plan for their lives. I watched people become virtually paralyzed by seeking the holy grail of purpose – that one perfect plan that God has for them. They wanted a divine navigation system clearly telling them every turn they should take in life. The result is that they spent so much time trying to divine the perfect plan that they sat "dead in the water". I can hear the enemy cackling quietly, "Gotcha!"

    Which door should I take? Use wisdom, good judgment, and follow your heart. Pick one and go. If it’s not God’s purpose you’ll find it locked. If it opens, then walk on through. You’ll look back and realize that it was part of God’s plan all along.
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2 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 19”

  1. Tom, we are too alike. All these verses to pick from and guess which one spoke to me?
    Leading youth group and trying to balance family, work and youth have shown me the truth of this verse. I have planned multiple things for the guys of youth group that haven’t happened. It wasn’t due to poor planning or effort, but I do believe that God’s purpose has prevailed. It seems that we were not supposed to have those meetings. Knowing that God is in charge helps me not take it personally when the guys don’t show up and helps alleviate a bit of the frustration. God’s divine appointments will happen at His time not mine 🙂

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