BDBD is Proverb 16:1

Conscience plans for the future is a characteristic that is perhaps unique to humans. No proof exists that apes and monkeys make plans for the future. Squirrels hide nuts in the ground out of instinct, not because of a conscience decision. Birds and beasts of the great plains migrate out of instinct and hunger, not out of a conscience decision. “To mankind belongs the plans of the heart” based on one’s own sense of right and wrong.

The proverb continues, “But from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.” God must give me the ability to articulate and accomplish the plans in my heart. Verse 9 is similar with fewer poetic flowers. Chapter 19:21 puts it this way, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”If the Lord Jesus doesn’t want it to happen, it won’t. I reason, “It is easier for me to seek God’s will and glory and let the rest fall into place as he enables me to accomplish it.”

Noah did not plan to build the arc until God directed him. Abram did not leave Ur and then later Harem until God directed him. David decided to build a temple and God rebuked him because it was never God’s desire. (2 Samuel 7:1-7) The social and religious leaders of Jesus’ day planned to make Israel a sovereign nation again as they understood the Bible. But God had different plans. When they rejected God’s will the LORD destroyed the temple and burned the city.

I pray every day, “I want to know your will for me. Give me the power and strength and whatever is needed to do it.”