Proverbs 16:1

Proverbs 16:1

I'm reading through the PROVERBS of the Bible these days - and I've reached Chapter 16, the beginning of a section titled Proverbs About Life and Conduct.

It is fascinating to read and reflect on this book, really. Here in these words, I am rediscovering, one after another, short life phrases full of deep meaning and truth.

Do you dare to read and reflect with me for a while?


"The plans of the heart belong to man,
    but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord." (ESV)

"To humans belong the plans of the heart,
    but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue." (NIV)

"We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word." (CEV)

It is not like this? From our human heart arise many thoughts and ideas, dreams and plans for our lives - but God always has the final say whether one day they will come true or not.  

We always read the signs on the path of our lives in a certain way: through the lenses of our past experiences, our present priorities, and our future hopes - convinced that what we see and hear and believe, and how we interpret those things, is the right way to see, hear and believe. Although, deep in our hearts, we know that we are shortsighted in seeing, deaf in hearing, and our human system of beliefs and faith is always flawed. 

Only God sees everything. Only God hears everything. Only God knows everything. Only HE can have the last and best word.

Therefore, it is good and right to propose and plan: as long as one is aware of and accepting the final and perfect word of the Lord, whether the same or a different one than what one has prepared in one's heart - trusting, precisely, that what God has for our lives is always the best. 

"Then you will learn to know God's will for you,

which is good, pleasant and perfect."

(Romans 12:2)