Is There a Limit to Human Planning?

On Sundays I write on Spirituality, Faith and Ethics.  I do it because I believe we’re all spiritual beings and have some sort of a moral compass in our lives.  You can learn more by clicking here.

If you’ve been a reader at Life Compass for a while, you know I am a firm believer in the power of brainstorming and making plans to achieve goals and dreams in life.

But, is there ever a limit to human planning?  A proverb from The Bible seems to indicate that there is:

We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails (Proverbs 19:21).

Taken at face value, this proverb says that God’s purpose, or his plan, prevails regardless of the plans I make.  In addition, I think there are a few other principles we can extract:

  • Even if I screw things up, God will still make happen the things he wants to happen.
  • If God wants me to do something, and I don’t, he will use someone else to do it.
  • It will be beneficial to me if the plans I make line up with God’s purpose for me, as best as I understand it.
  • I can’t thwart the universal principles or laws that God has set into place…like the idea that we reap what we sew.

What do you think?  Have you ever noticed this to be true in your own life?

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