In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. (NIV)
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (NLT)
We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. (MSG)
Have you ever wondered what that verse really means? In a nutshell this verse reminds us of the sovereignty of God; that God is in control. To better understand the passage, let’s look at the two key verbs – plans and determines. The Hebrew word used in the passage for plan is “Hasab,” which means “to think or reckon.” Contrast that with the Hebrew word “Kun” used here for determine, which means “to be firm, to set in place, be established, steadfast, faithful, reliable, or certain.”
The point of contrast in this verse is between what we plan and what actually happens. And Scripture tells us that it is God who does determine what actually happens. In Ephesians 3:20 we read this, Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.
So, it really boils down to this question… Are you asking God to tell you His plans, and allowing Him to guide your steps, or are you simply asking God to bless your plans?