Proverbs 16:9


“I’m so sorry, I can’t find a heartbeat.” The room began to spin. I had heard these same devastating words four years prior. Surely this wasn’t happening to us again! We walked to the car, numb, reliving a nightmare we had already experienced. Why, God? We thought this baby was our promise, our rainbow after the storm. Sure, we had two living children to drive home to, but that didn’t change the feelings of loss and grief we found ourselves experiencing for the second time in four years. Over the next several months, I dealt with the overwhelming desire…

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 The New Living Translation puts it this way: “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Today we start a new month, the last one of this year. I am sure that we all have plans and ideas for the coming weeks. I believe it is necessary to plan our days, weeks and months. We need to have some goals to work towards. The important thing is that we talk to the Lord as we make those plans and ask Him to guide…

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible).

Our society places great importance on self-reliance. We are encouraged to dream, scheme and plot our strategy for success. The truth is, no matter how independent I think I am, and despite my best laid plans, none of them will come to fruition without God’s approval. My ideas may sound good to me, but if they are not part of God’s will, they are flawed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You know where You want me to be today and tomorrow. Thank You, Lord, for Your guidance as I plan for the future. Amen.

Devotion by Julie Long