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Let’s face – we like to make plans.

We keep schedules and routines. We write on our wall calendars, on our desk calendars, in our daytimers, and on our cell phones.

We dream and aspire from the time we are young. And even at my ripe, old age – I am yet dreaming and aspiring.

Have you ever wondered what truly takes place in our lives as we make our plans?

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” (Proverbs 16:9, NLT)

The last few days, this verse has provoked me to think more deeply the manner in which we make plans. I’m coming to realize that whether I make detailed and outlined plans or if I resort to flying by the seat of my pants (I strongly suggest you not!), God is still in control.

Here is what I’ve learned …

The word ‘determined’ is the Hebrew word kun (3922 in the Old Testament Lexical Aids). It means …. “to be established, sure, fixed, certain”. And here’s the part which got me …. “denotes bringing something into existence.”

How good is that? Seriously! We can do all the planning we want but He is the One, the Only One, who can bring those plans to materialize.

The OTLA further explains … “Also signifies the deep satisfaction and sense of well-being which comes from the certainty that one’s heart steadfastly trusts in the Lord who directs man’s paths.”

It is as we make our plans with His direction that we become people deeply satisfied in life. We live in the confidence He has directed us in the way best for our lives. Mark Batterson reminds us:

God is great not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is also great because nothing is too small. The Sovereign One care about every minute detail of our lives. (from Draw the Circle, page 22)

Let’s plan and dream and follow His lead. Let’s pray and invite Him to bring those plans and dreams into existence as He wills and knows is best. I am drawing a few circles of my own. I encourage you to do the same.


Take the risk.

Draw the circle.



GetInline-8This is Day 2 of 31 Days Of Going In Circles. You can find the entire series here .

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