There’s a saying that “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”
My 14-year old son has a certain way of making plans. He doesn’t ask for advice or permission: he tells me what he’s doing. After all, he’s the boss.
We are so prone as civilized and independent-minded people to make plans and then inform others what we’re going to do. It’s our prideful self-willed way. We are very determined about our today and our tomorrow. But to make it worse, we set our minds on a course and then ask the Lord to bless it.
It’s interesting in the Book of Acts to read that Paul had grand plans to take the Gospel into Asia. What could be wrong with that? But when his team arrived at their starting point, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia (Acts 16:6).
So what did Paul & Associates do? When they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them (Acts 16:7). The plans, while well-meaning and even godly, were not the will of the Lord.
Many times God permits us to walk our own direction, only to have us run back to Him when we discover our rebellious foolishness. O! That we would submit our desired plans in dependence upon the Lord for His direction and then wait for His approval (James 4:13-17).
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (Proverbs 16:9). There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand (Proverbs 19:21).