Proverbs 19:21. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. So how does our fighter verse relate to the fear of the Lord?
When we make our plans without acknowledging God’s purposes, we do not fear the Lord.
When we assume that our plans should succeed without acknowledging that God may have a greater purpose, we do not fear the Lord.
When we blame God for failed plans, we do not fear the Lord.
God’s purposes will always win. They will always stand, even when our plans crumble.
This should not anger or discourage us, but rather give us great hope. God always wins! He always gets what He wants in the end. This is an amazing hope, joy, and peace inducing truth.
And this truth is demonstrated and made possible by the life of Christ- our true Wisdom.
Man made their plans to crucify Christ, but the purposes of the Lord were fulfilled.
Man made Jesus stumble, but the Lord’s purpose stood.
Man tore Jesus apart, but the Lord’s purposes remained united.
Man planned to move on without Jesus, but the Lord’s purpose rose in victory and reigns in splendor.
Pilate had a plan. Herod had a plan. The Pharisees had a plan. Satan had a plan. But God’s purpose prevailed.
It is this great truth, demonstrated at Golgotha and alive in us, that allows us to trust the purposes of God in all things, big and small. If God’s purpose could stand on the darkest day in history, can’t it stand on THIS day too? God’s purpose will always prevail.