Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 16:16 – my way vs. His Way

“How much better to get wisdom than gold,

to choose understanding rather than silver!

Proverbs 16:16

My wife and I are planners.

I take that back.

My wife and I are EXTREME planners.

We both love To-Do lists, spreadsheets, calendars, and the satisfaction of checking off a box on one of our many checklists.  This has spilled into everything we do from leaving to go to the zoo to planning for retirement.  We believe that planning is not a bad thing, but a smart thing.

However, God doesn’t always refer to our spreadsheet before doing things.

We have seen many examples of where our plan was not His plan.

  • We planned on moving to Colorado after getting married, but God’s plan said you are going to Chicago where you know no one and you will become a Pastor.
  • We planned to stay in our townhouse 2 years and then move to a home, but God still has us in our townhouse after nearly 10 years and are surrounded by a sea of “For Sales” signs in our neighborhood reminding us that God has a different plan.
  • We planned on having a baby in November 2006, but God said you will not be able to have kids the “fun way” and so May 2008 after IVF is your new plan

As logical as it seems to loosen up our idealistic ideas of planning every aspect of our life we still do it.  We still put down goals, plans, and expectations we hope to reach.  What we’ve learned to do though is to hold them looser and leave room for God’s audibles because they always seem to be better than our original ideas.

In Proverbs 16 Solomon is preaching that very same sermon.

His opening line in Proverbs 16:1 pulls back the curtain fairly abruptly on his point when he says “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.  He continues in verse 9 by saying “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.

These verses hit me like a ton of bricks because I know that they speaking right to me.

They make me ask myself this question:

“Are my plans going to bring me glory or God glory?”

In the end, the answer to this question will determine God’s blessing on your plans.

Solomon outlines beautifully the two sides of this coin.

My Glory =“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.Proverbs 16:25

God’s Glory =“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

Now I’m not naive enough to think that just because we pray to God and ask him to make our plans succeed for His Glory that they will work every time.  However, I know without a doubt that through the journey of pursuing Godly plans we will draw closer to God and in the end that is success.

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