It’s day 19 of Riddles of the Wise, and I (Casey) get to share with you again! Pumped.
Today’s chapter (Proverbs 19) covers a variety of topics from wise decision making to wealth management to telling the truth to controlling our anger to not being lazy, among other things. As always, there is life application all over God’s word. I had to stop several times to reflect on unique passages that applied to different areas of my life.
One verse that stuck out to me above other verses was Proverbs 19:21. It says, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”
This verse stuck out to me because I’m a Garth Brooks fan. Yep, that’s right. Garth (the root of all country music) Brooks baby! Little Known Fact: Garth Brooks has sold more albums worldwide than any other artist EVER (including The Beatles and Michael Jackson). If you don’t know who he is, I feel sorry for you. If you do know who he is, you may know that he once wrote and sang a song called, “Unanswered Prayers.”
In the song, Garth sings, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” If you can get past the twang in his voice, I think there is a lot of truth in that line of the song. In fact, it seems that Proverbs 19:21 confirms that. We can make our plans, we can pray many prayers, but God is in control. He will ultimately decide what happens, even if it doesn’t make sense at the time.
Have you ever prayed for something with all your heart and it never came true? Have you been frustrated, feeling like God is distant and unresponsive? Those moments are difficult to continue trusting, continue praying, and continue believing that God loves you and wants the best for you. Yet, He DOES. Sometimes an unanswered prayer is a gift from God. He sees the whole picture.
Prayer is essential to a healthy relationship with God. There is nothing that will bring us closer to Him. And, even when it feels like He is not answering the way we want, we must continue to believe that “the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”
Spend some time today thinking back about times in your life when God provided for your needs in an unexpected way. Think about prayers that you prayed that He didn’t answer, and you now realize it was the best thing. You will find yourself grateful.
Have a great day!