5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God is a God of plans and purposes. He works all things according to the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11). God has a great plan for you. He designed your destiny before the world began. He carefully thought about your life before the foundation of the world. Amazing, isn’t it? Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Another translation says, “I know the plan that I have for you, plan to give you peace and not destruction; that you may come into a hope and a future.” So, that means God has a future for you and the future God has for you is not in your own personal plan for yourself but in His plan for you. Irrespective of your intellectual training and background, irrespective of the number of books you’ve read or how smart you are, you thought cannot come any close to God’s thoughts for you. In other words, the best of your plans is a shadow in the light of God’s plan for you. The best of man’s invention and creativity is nothing compared with God’s excellent thoughts for you.
In Isaiah 55:8-9, the Word says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” God’s plan is infinitely better than anything you could plan out for yourself. So, you have to learn to follow his plan for you. It takes trust to follow God’s plan for you. You must come to total surrender such that you are not leaning on your own arm or strength anymore, but trust in God with everything within you. That’s what today’s opening Scripture is telling us; therefore, make up your mind and say, “Lord, I follow your plan for me, no matter what; your plan is best for me.” As you follow God, trusting Him a step at a time, He will guide you and bring you to your wealthy place, and all eyes will see that you are indeed a man who has followed God, and they will be able to appreciate what it means to follow Him.
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
Heavenly Father, I thank You because You have a great plan for me and I delight in following accordingly. I declare in the Name of Jesus, that every step I take according to God’s Word amounts to fulfilling Your plan and purpose for me in Jesus’ Name.
Further Meditation: Psalms 138:8, Psalms 32:8.