Give God Control - Proverbs 16:1

Verse of the Day - Day 130

Give God Control - Proverbs 16:1
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Welcome to Verse of the Day!

Today's Bible Verse:

Proverbs 16:1
The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Give God Control

The New Living Translation says it like this: "We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer." As believers, finding our way in this life often means giving up control to God. For some that's harder than others.

We humans tend to rationalize our motives and behavior, but God discerns both. Like Jacob, many of us wrestle with God until we are finally broken.

It's not wrong to make plans, as long as we recognize that God is the one who ultimately has control over establishing those plans:

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16:2–3, ESV)

One commentator put it like this: "Man proposes; God disposes."

We ought to suggest a plan, commit it to God, and then let him line everything up in proper order. In other word, we give up control of the outcome to God. We can't go wrong in life with this kind of planning.

Another commentator said, "Man makes plans, but God has the final word." Do you trust God enough to let him determine the outcome of your plans? Are you willing to give God control?

Balaam's mishap with his donkey beautifully illustrates this verse.


Balaam, a pagan seer from northern Mesopotamia, was hired by the Moabite king, Balak, to curse the Israelites who had arrived at the Promised Land after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.

God overruled the prophet's plan to curse Israel, constraining him to give an answer much different from his original intention.

When Balaam finally reached King Balak, the seer could speak only the words God put in his mouth. Instead of cursing the Israelites, Balaam blessed them.

For those of us who hate to let go (also known as "control freaks"), we usually learn the hard way, but eventually come to see the wisdom of giving up our own plans and letting God have the reins.

(Sources: Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 1, p. 396). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.; Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (2000). A handbook on Proverbs (p. 347). New York: United Bible Societies.; Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Proverbs (p. 309). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company; Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (p. 252). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.)

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