While reading Proverbs 16, a few passages stuck out to me:
- “The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord.“(Proverbs 16:33)
- “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)
- “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.” (Proverbs 16:1)
Proverbs 16 has long been one of my favorite Proverbs. One summer I tried to memorize it. I made it about halfway! But got distracted before I finished. These verses clarify for me how in charge God really is,
Proverbs 16:33 says, “The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is from the Lord.”
Even every “decision” that the lot makes is from the Lord! In case you didn’t know, casting lots was like rolling dice. It was a tool of chance for making a choice. The lot was used to divide the land of Israel, to choose and arrange workers for the temple, and the disciples used the casting of lots to choose Judas’ replacement among them.
Ultimately, the Lord decides!
Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”
Can we trust that when we make plans, God can (and does!) still intervene?
It’s not a bad thing to plan. God encourages planning in other places in the book of Proverbs. For example, He praises the ant for thinking ahead and gathering the harvest before he needs it in Proverbs 6:6-8. But we need to plan while leaving space for God’s plans.
This reminds me of James 4:14-15- “Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.‘
And also of Psalm 139:16 – “And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”
This brings me freedom from fear about the mysteries of the future, or whether I plan “correctly” or not. I must always hold my plans loosely, because, praise God, He is ultimately in charge. And I am thankful!