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Message of the Day: God Alone Can Make Our Plans Prosperous

Text: Proverbs 19:1-29

Key Verses: Proverbs 19:21

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:20-21, NKJV)

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Many are the plans in people’s hearts, but God’s purpose prevails. God directs affairs in people’s lives, and desires from them reverent loyalty. He blesses the obedient, but not the lazy.

The word of God discovers evidences of the fact that there must be such a being as God. It gives instruction concerning the government of God and concerning man. What is the distinction between counsel and instruction? Instruction consists in the communication of right principles; counsel in the advice by which you may apply these principles.

The benefit of listening to counsel is it delivers us rom the disgrace of sin, of growing up a foolish old man in the midst of so may opportunities of acquiring the blessings of instruction.

A man’s heart is a little world, full of scheming and business. Let a man have a full inspection of his heart, its “devices,”(plans) its schemes, its designs, in their succession. Notice the variety in the kinds of plans, and in men’s temper and manner in respect to them. Some men are very communicative of their heart’s devices; others are close, silent, reserved, and dark. Suppose that all the plans of all men are uncovered or disclosed in full manifestation, then we would have human nature exposed in its real quality. What manner of spectacle would it be!

Man’s plans or purposes are various and changeable but God’s counsel or plan is but one, and unchangeable. Man’s plans are in his heart but he cannot make it stand. Only the plan of the Lord shall stand, nothing can hinder it from having its intended effect.

It is well for us, and our moral obligation to submit ourselves and our plans faithfully to God and follow his good purposes. If we submit our plans to God’s purpose, we ca never go wrong because what he has in mind is only for our good and it will surely stand.

In the New Testament, James 4:13-15 say, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (NKJV)

It refers to man’s fault of forming plans stretching into the future, without any proper sense of the uncertainty of life, and of our absolute dependence on God. They formed plans as if they knew what will happen tomorrow. We have no means of ascertaining what would occur; whether we would live or die; whether we will prosper or would be overwhelmed with adversity.

Thus, instead of saying, “we will go to such a place” or we will do this or that” we ought rather to recognize our absolute dependence on God, and feel that life and success are subject to his will. This proper because we are entirely dependent on God and his counsel for success. He alone can keep us, and he alone can make our plans prosperous.


Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

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