A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 (See also Psalm 33:10-11; Isaiah 14:26-27)
In my bible reading, these verses stood out to me. I am a big advocate of God’s sovereignty. I believe that everything that happens is known ad ordained by God, even calamities. They might not be His expressed will, but it still is His (permitted) will. But how often do we fall into the trap of treating God’s sovereignty like “fate”?
God will isn’t a “fixed order” of events. God’s will is whatever He determines at any point in time, and because He isn’t confined by time, it simply is whatever He wants. And that is the difficulty with determining whether a course in life was our decision or God’s permission. With salvation, we know that it is entirely God’s permission (and expressed will), but what about with everything else in life?
The proverbs tells us that men (and women) ruin their lives by their own foolish life choices yet they blame God and get angry at Him. At the same time it says that God’s plans prevail over man’s. Sometimes life choices are not easy to make, but we are still liable to bear the responsibility of our own choices. They are ours, not any one else’s. God doesn’t owe us an explanation on why He allowed our bad decisions to go ahead. Truly, it isn’t about us because His will works for His pleasure (Isaiah 46:10). The plans that He has revolve around Him, not us.
The 2 things that I’ve come to take comfort in knowing is: God is sovereign, God is good (Matthew 7:9-11; ).
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
More study here: http://bible.org/seriespage/god%E2%80%99s-perfect-plan