If you could be lucky or blessed, which would you choose? I would rather be blessed than lucky. Choose blessed. Choose to lay your plans before God. Choose to intentionally honour him and allow the Lord to establish your steps and plans according to his will…
1 To humans belong the plans of the heart,
but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.
2 All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
but motives are weighed by the Lord.
3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.
4 The Lord works out everything to its proper end—
even the wicked for a day of disaster.
9 In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.
Proverbs 16:1-4, 9, 25
This is a contrast of ideas. Our ideas seem right to us, don’t they? They do. They always do. We do what we think is right. From a human perspective this is probably how we function. If we didn’t have any confidence in our own ideas we would likely never do anything. We would be frozen. That would be bad. That would not be what God wants from us. We are wired to make plans and map things out and pursue dreams.
These are good traits and they are from God. The wiring we have received is not bad wiring. The point isn’t that because of the contrast in these verses that our sense of planning or desire of planning is ungodly and evil. The point is that when we commit our lives to the Lord he will establish our plans. Take the planning we are doing and ask God for his help and blessing.
It’s the main idea: commit your direction to God and he will establish our plans and our steps, he will weigh our motives and give us proper answers, and he will influence the outcomes so they are pleasing to him. He will work out the ends for us and even for the wicked (theirs is the eventual day of disaster). In other words, God is in control.
When we do all this alone, we may find ourselves working against the plan and will of God, which may lead us to disaster or even death. If get lucky, however, and we happen to plan a direction that dovetails with the direction of God, we might succeed and believe it’s all on us. The truth is, we were lucky.
I would rather be blessed than lucky. I always joke to my kids that if you have a choice between being lucky or good, choose lucky. There are a lot of people with good ideas and amazing talent and creative courage, whose plans never go anywhere. Good or talented doesn’t always mean success. In the economy of God, however, it’s not lucky or good, it’s lucky or blessed.
Lucky (even though he is blind to the will of God) hopes to dovetail with the will of God so that he can succeed and experience his plans working out. Blessed brings her plans to God and accepts the influence and leadership and presence of God in her every step toward an outcome that is consistent with God’s plan for her – the ‘proper end’ which God has for each of us.
Choose blessed. Choose to lay your plans before God. Choose to acknowledge that he, alone, is the one who will help us to achieve lives and impact which honour him and which are consistent with his calling.