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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: Our Plans, God's Steps

by P. Brian Noble / April 3, 2020

Scripture 

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. 

(Proverbs 16:9, ESV) 

Thoughts 

Our plans and God’s steps. The order of these words is important for gaining a firm footing in our walk through life. In our hearts, in our minds, and in our desires, we make many plans. We try to figure out the future. However, God is the one who establishes each step. So he ultimately guides where our plans go— he has the last word. 

Let’s understand the word “plans.” To plan is to devise, invent, consider, design or to think something out. In our hearts we devise plans or project a future for our life. Throughout Proverbs it’s clear that we are to submit to God’s rule and receive his wisdom for our plans. God’s role is making our steps firm. Therefore, as you plot and plan, watch that your projections are in line with God’s wisdom. Follow his timing and leading. As you do so, many promises in Proverbs will be for you, like this one: 

When you walk, your step will not be hampered, 

and if you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:12 (ESV) 

One more verse that I think will encourage you: 

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 

but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; 

they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; 

they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30–31 (ESV) 

Application 

Sometimes we reverse the order of Proverbs 16:9 to say that God makes the plans and then we choose our steps. For instance, we might say, “God plans for me to reconcile with this person, and I will do it my way.” No! Instead, “submit to him in all your ways” (Prov. 3:6) and you will gain his heart for reconciliation. Tell God you want him to establish your steps; wait on the Lord and he will help you. 

Prayer 

Lord, in my heart I’m planning to reconcile with my friend. But I know that this will only succeed in your timing and in your way. Please establish my steps toward reconciliation. Give me the patience to wait for your leading. . . Continue praying. 

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.