There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand. – Proverbs 19:21
Life is an ever unfolding story of purpose and destiny in and with the Lord. It’s a journey of learning who you are and who you are not. It’s this ongoing discovery of who God is and who He is for you.
As born again unto the living God, we are spirit, but we also have flesh. Part of this journey of sanctification is bringing our soul into alignment with our spirit. Our soul will be dictated by either our flesh or by our spirit. We must come to learn that our flesh is not who we really are so that we can walk in continual disagreement with the flesh and its emotions and agree with who we really are in our spirit. That’s part of renewing the mind to bring transformation.
There are many things in our heart – plans, emotions, thoughts, beliefs, ect. Or as this verse puts it, there are many “devices”. We can have our own plans, our own way; but in the end, its the counsel of the Lord that stands. Even when we mess up. Even when we fall weak. Even when we try to do things our way. We can’t really mess it up comepletely!
If we have set our hearts and our lives toward Him, seeking Him and His will, we can’t mess it up. We can’t mess up His plans and purpose for our lives. He won’t change His mind regarding our purpose and destiny, or any prophetic word He has spoken over our lives. For He works all things for our good and toward the good He has for us, and it is He who works all things according to His counsel. In the end, it is His counsel that will stand. What He has spoken and purposed He will still do.
There are, also, many devices in the hearts of people around us. Some people will be against us. Some will not understand us. Some may try to stop what the Lord has already spoken.
When the Lord had spoken in Nehemiah’s day to rebuild the wall, people came against him. It was in a very brutish way, insofar as to go to the king in attempt to try to stop what God had called Nehemiah and His people to do. But in the end it will always be the counsel of God that stands.
God sent His prophets to Nehemiah and the people to strengthen them and exhort them to continue the work. God even used those that were opposing them to move His people toward the good He had for them and the completion of what God had called them to do. He used the very people that were against them to advance them in the end. For the counsel of the Lord will stand.
We know our fight is not really against flesh and blood but against principalities and rulers in the air. There is no Enemy in hell that can prevail against you. Jesus defeated every Enemy triumphing over them through the cross – stripping Hell of its power over your life. The Enemy lost jurisdiction to torment you and have power over you the day you came out of your grave resurrected to new life in Jesus. He sets a table before you in the presence of your Enemy. His counsel will prevail over your life.
It’s freedom to know that living in pursuit of Him and His will we can’t mess up what He has for us. It’s never over or too much. We are not that big. God is bigger! He works every moment, every messup, every trial, every victory for our good and to develop us in the purpose He has for us. He works it all according to the counsel of His will.
If God is for us, who can really be against us?