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Divine Sovereignty in Proverbs (2)

Man’s plans cannot alter God’s purpose. What he wills, he will do.


Man makes his plans, but what God has determined to do is irrevocably unalterable. Regardless of what man may desire to do, the sovereign will of the Lord will stand:

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. —Proverbs 19:21

Man makes his plans, but God’s eternal purpose will prevail. In His sovereignty, God will alter man’s plans when they conflict with His will. The purpose of the Lord, Waltke notes, refers to “God’s immutable will.” His divine plan, determined before time began, endures forever. As for man’s plans, “God can make them successful or cancel them or bring about the reverse of what people intend. Even the best human plans and efforts cannot stand before Him if He does not will it.” People have many plans, but the Lord’s counsel or purpose will stand.

—Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace (Reformation Trust, 2006), 152–153.

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