What Does Proverbs 16:1 Mean?

The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

Proverbs 16:1(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God is Sovereign and because we are made in His image we have been given a free-will – our sovereign will, and it is exhibited in the choices we make, the options we choose – the preferences we select. However, we are fallen beings and the thoughts of our mind and the meditations of our hearts should be filtered through the Holy Spirit and submitted to His gracious leading – so that the words that we speak are words as from the Lord – full of grace and seasoned with salt.

As individuals we have the freedom to purpose in our hearts the moves we make and the things we do - we can devise many good schemes and we can plan some wonderfully practical things - indeed we have the God-given freewill to plan our lives as seems best for us and for those around us. We may consider that the plans that we are constructing are a vital feature in our lives, and even pray towards their fruition – but we must never forget that God is ultimately in control of our lives. Adam was created to rule the earth under God’s authority and we too, as part of the new creations in Christ, are required to yield all that we are and all that we plan to Him.

The well-known proverb, man proposes but God disposes, is true up to a point, but not in a wrong sense. God does not discard our plans in an unkind or careless way but in His omniscience, He knows what is best for us day by day, and we are wise to permit Him to order our ways and guide the words that come from our mouths.

Let us not be shy to purpose plans in our hearts, for God has ordained that we have a freewill to make our choices – but let us seek to give the dear desires of our hearts to the Lord, knowing that people do the planning, but the end result is from the LORD.

My Prayer

Loving Father, how I thank You for my freewill, to plan my life as may seem best to me. I thank You Father that You are ultimately in control and I pray that day by day I may yield my plans to the guiding of Your Spirit, knowing that You have the right answer to all I may purpose, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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