God's Plan for My Life          Proverbs 16

1 To man belong the plans of the heart,
       but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.

    2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him,
       but motives are weighed by the LORD.

    3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
       and your plans will succeed.

    4 The LORD works out everything for his own ends—
       even the wicked for a day of disaster.

    5 The LORD detests all the proud of heart.
       Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

    6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
       through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.

    7 When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD,
       he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

    8 Better a little with righteousness
       than much gain with injustice.

    9 In his heart a man plans his course,
       but the LORD determines his steps.

    10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle,
       and his mouth should not betray justice.


Write the questions, in red, down in one color and the answers in another skipping lines between each.

Read Proverbs 16 : 1-10. 

What is God's plan for your life?  Right, I don't know either.  How far have you traveled from your homeland?  Watch Stepping Out 2min video. Maybe it's experience you lack.  God has a plan, but maybe you just need confidence, experience gives you confidence.  Watch Experience  1 min video.

Maybe you feel insecure in some way and you feel like a loser.  God still has a plan.  Watch Napoleon intro 6 min video

Writing assignment: Take out one blank piece of paper.  Standard heading.  Here's your theme : "I see God's plan for my life, suddenly it all became clear to me.  One day I was....." try to incorporate some of the scriptures from Proverbs 16.

Your going to write a day's entry in your diary.  In the log you have to include something that happened to you ( make it up) that day, include God somewhere in the story.  Do not include anything even remotely sexual or involving your death or the death of classmates.   Write untill I tell you to stop.

Then hand the paper to the person behind you.  They will read your log and then write the next day for you.  Follow the same instructions as above.  Write untill I tell you to stop.

Then hand the paper to the person behind you.  They will read your log and then write the next day for you.  Write untill I tell you to stop.

Now let's take a look at verses 1-9 .

Compare verses 1-9 with 10-15. What are the roles and character of the Lord? Of the king? How do they compare? By whose love and fiathfulness is sin atoned for in this context? Is this a denial of God's grace, or a demnd for fruits that befit repentance? 

Now look at vv. 6, & 17, how is it possible to avoid evil? Does that mean avoiding the evil mischief-makers in verses 27-30? When is that not possible?

Watch Stepping Out 2min video


Verse 1

We should ask God to help us to speak the right words.  The ‘plans of our hearts’ are our thoughts and ideas.  We do not know everything.  God knows the things that we do not know.  We need his help to say the right words.  See Mark 13:11.

Verse 2

Even an evil man thinks that he is right.  He even persuades himself.  Other people might believe him.  But God knows the truth about that man.

Verse 3

When we pray, we should give our plans to God.  We ask God to bring about the best result.  We cannot control our own plans.  We do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  See James 4:13.

Verse 4

A man’s plan may succeed, or it may fail.  God’s plans will always succeed.  God can use a horse (Numbers 22:21-28).  Or God can use a stone (Luke 3:8).  Or God can even use a foreign king (Ezra 1:1).

God can use evil people to punish other evil people.  God used King Nebuchadnezzar to punish the nation of Judah (Daniel 1:1-2).

Verse 5

A proud person refuses to listen to God or to other people.  He has his own ideas.  He thinks that he is better than everyone else.  God will punish proud people.  God wants us to be humble.

Verse 6

God does not want to punish us.  God loves us.  We must trust in him.  Jesus died to suffer the punishment for our evil deeds.  God wants to forgive our evil actions.

We respect God, so we should not do evil things.  However, sometimes we still make mistakes.  If we ask God, then he will forgive us, because of Jesus.  See 1 John 2:1.

Verse 7

Our lives should please God.  We should do the things that are right.  We should respect God.

God can cause our enemies to become our friends.  This does not always happen immediately.  First, we ourselves must become friends of God.  God accepts us because Jesus died for us.  See Ephesians 2:13-14 and John 14:27.

Verse 8

Most Christians are not wealthy.  See 1 Corinthians 1:26.  We may have few possessions.  However, we should earn our money fairly.  God helps the poor man who is honest.  God will punish the rich man who is not honest.

Verse 9

We all make plans for the future, but we cannot control everything.  Events that we do not expect will happen.  There will be problems.  We might need to change our plans.  We might not understand the reasons.

In all these changing circumstances, God is directing us.  God will show us where we should go.  He will teach us what we should do.  See Acts 16:6-10.



OBJECTIVES: Students will be able to:

1. Identify the simple man

2. Explain the difference between the Wisdom and Knowledge

3. describe the

4. chart on a map the

5. define the terms

6. Explain the significance of

Knowledge: Recall of data.

Comprehension: Understand the meaning, translation, interpolation, and interpretation of instructions and problems. State a problem in one's own words.

Use a concept in a new situation or unprompted use of an abstraction. Applies what was learned in the classroom into novel situations in the workplace.

Separates material or concepts into component parts so that its organizational structure may be understood. Distinguishes between facts and inferences. 

Builds a structure or pattern from diverse elements. Put parts together to form a whole, with emphasis on creating a new meaning or structure.

Make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Remember : Recognizing, Recalling
Understand : Interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, explaining
Apply : Executing, implementing
Analyze : Differentiating, organizing, attributing
Evaluate : checking, critiquing
Create: generating, planning, producing