“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)
A frustrating reality in business – as well as life in general – is the fact that things do not always work out as planned. Looking back at unmet goals, unfulfilled objectives, and disappointing results can be overwhelming and discouraging. And, in many cases, the disappointing outcomes are due to human failure.
The truth of the proverb is commonly summarized as, “Man proposes, but God disposes.” In other words, you can make excellent plans and set reachable goals for your life or business and move forward to fulfill those plans or attain those goals, but God may have different plans entirely. God reveals His will to you through His Holy Word, and He will reveal His specific will for each day, each step of your life and work, if you will study His Word and seek Him through prayer. God will then direct your steps, one at a time.
Wise leadership is seeking God’s will and plan in every decision and then stepping forward in faith and obedience to God’s direction. God is perfectly good, and you can have confidence that He has a good plan for your life, both personally and professionally.
Note these Scriptures that speak further to God’s plan and direction for you:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Excerpt from “What the Bible Says to the Business Leader.” To purchase What the Bible Says to the Business Leader, please visit lmw.org or call 800-987-8790. The book can also be found at amazon.com