Summary: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21

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Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”

A "man's heart" is a little world, full of Dreaming, scheming, and planning. We are always devising. To every device of all hearts, God's "counsel," His design, exists parallel, whether in coincidence or in opposition. In other words, respecting the object of every device, God has His design. Amidst all these various devices, there is one mighty will stand. God is the supreme Ruler over this universe He created. His plan affects every detail of this creation. This plan is eternal, and there never was another plan. Thus, terms like purpose, foreknowledge, predestination, and election are logically related, and they are equally timeless.

God’s complete control over His creation is based on His omniscience and omnipotence. Since God has knowledge of all things actual and possible, His eternal plan is not based upon blind choice. Instead, God has wisely chosen a plan in which all details will finally work together to bring about the greatest good. Not only has God chosen the best possible plan; He also has the power and authority to bring it about. When God promises to do something, there is no question that it will be done.

Every manufacturer designs his product with the right components, engineered to fulfill the function that the product is created to perform. In essence, the purpose of the product dictates the potential required to fulfill the manufacturer's intent. This principle holds true for all creation, including human beings. This means that the nature, design, and qualities of human were decided by God and created by him according to what he determined was best for the sake of his purpose. Every command in the Bible is proof of the reality of human responsibility from God’s perspective.

God is the divine Potter who has “right to make from the same lump of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use” according to His own purpose (Rom. 9:21). Yet this “clay” has a will and is responsible for the choices it freely makes. (Read Jeremiah. 18:1-12 to see how the prophet subtly intertwines both of these concepts.) God is a God of purpose. Everything in life has a purpose. Every human being entered into the earth realm with a God-given purpose. Purpose is the reason for the creation. In essence, it is the reason why a thing exists. The greatest evidence of what a product can do or is capable of its determined by the demands made on it by the one who made it.

All nations have a purpose that has been predetermined by God. The purpose for nations can be found in Scripture, Acts 17:24-27. It reads, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:24-25). This statement means that God created everything, and He also sustains all that He has made. The scripture continues, “From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live” (Acts 17:26).

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