Mortals make elaborate plans,
but God has the last word.
Humans are satisfied with whatever looks good;
God probes for what is good.
Put God in charge of your work,
then what you’ve planned will take place.
and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3 MSG).
The wisdom held in many of Solomon’s wise sayings may astound and confuse a believer. We know God wants us to listen to what he desires for us. To fully commit all that we do and say to the Lord is greater than making our own elaborate plans.
Divine Influence Needed
We may come up with hundreds of schemes that we wish God would bring into effect — but they may not for his good or his glory. Without divine influence, we’re simply begging God to bless our own ideas. *
God Is Perfect
We must keep in mind God’s purpose (through the Word and the Holy Spirit). We want God-imparted ideas and plans. When we carefully listen and read what God wants for us, we can know we’re on the right path, and our works will succeed. Because God is perfect, we can trust him.
To fully commit all that we do and say to the Lord is greater than making our own elaborate plans.
Prayer: Father, help form my thoughts and intentions based on your plans for me. Selah.
* Clarke’s Commentary, Proverbs 16:1-3, biblehub.com,