Trusting God's Guidance: His Plan, His Steps

Trusting God's Guidance: His Plan, His Steps


Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)

In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Human plans. I love them. I make them. I encourage them. However, “In their hearts, humans plan their course.” We are wired to dream, to aspire, and to set our goals. It’s a fundamental part of our nature to make plans and strive for a better tomorrow. It’s important to recognize that our plans, no matter how well thought out, are subject to the sovereignty of God.

“But the Lord establishes their steps.” This part of the verse reminds us of God’s ultimate authority and wisdom. Our steps are not arbitrary; they are directed and established by the Lord. He knows the best path for us, and His guidance is based on His divine plan and purpose.

The beauty of this verse lies in the partnership between our plans and God’s guidance. We are invited to make plans, to seek our goals, and to dream, but we are also called to trust that God’s plan for our lives is ultimately perfect. His guidance is what ensures that we are on the right path.

Remember that in every step you take, even those that deviate from your plans, God is at work. His plan is greater than any you could conceive, and His steps lead to a future full of purpose and hope. Trust in His guidance, and your journey will be one of peace and assurance.


Consider your own plans and dreams. How can you partner with God in your journey, making your plans while acknowledging His guidance and sovereignty?

Think about a time in your life when your plans took an unexpected turn. How did you respond? How can you grow in your trust in God’s guidance, especially when your course doesn’t align with your own plans?