“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” I love this. I spent most of my career as a Manufacturing Engineer in the aerospace industry. My job was to plan how to build something in the shop from a blueprint (I’m dating myself now because they’ve used computer models to build everything for the last 20 years). In life we have to have a plan, too. You have to know where you want to be at some point in life (5, 10, 20, & 30 years out). I know that the Lord has had His hand in my life all along the way. Sure, I had my plans, but the Lord determined my steps.
The Lord is speaking to me daily through His word. As I start this new year, I’m reading through the “One Year Bible” in the New Living Translation, YouVersion from the Holy Bible App. I often check other translations for comparisons. Also, I use the BLB (Blue Letter Bible) App for commentaries and so many other things all at your fingertips.
Once you have a plan, you have to commit to it. This next verse speaks to me, Proverbs 16:3 NLT “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” I did a comparison and I liked the Amplified Bible Classic Edition version. Proverbs 16:3 AMPC “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”
Just for fun, I went to the BLB and Chuck Smith’s commentary. “So you've got to commit your works unto the Lord. Do your best and then just commit the rest. And your thoughts will be established.” In my mind I can hear Chuck saying that.
This always leads me to my go to (life) verses. Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
May God richly bless you this year and may your thoughts be agreeable to His will.