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What To Do When Your Plans Fail

Have you ever had your plans fail? Have you ever made plans and had them changed on you at the last second? Have you ever planned something to work out one way, but it went the total opposite way? 

What do you do when your plans fall apart? Where do you turn? Who do you run to for answers?

Proverbs 21:30-31 tells us, “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” When our plans fail, we can have hope because our God never fails. 

There is nothing wrong with planning and preparing in life. But, our plans are always subject to change. Solomon also tells us in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” No matter what happens in our lives, God’s purpose for us always comes through.

Our heavenly Father wants what is best for us. We serve a great God who gives good gifts to His children. He loves us so much that He promises us an abundant life. So, we can trust that His plans are better than ours. And, even when it feels like everything is going wrong, He is using those circumstances to bring us to where He wants us to go. 

So next time your plans fail, take hope in the truth that God’s purpose for your life will prevail.


  • When was a time your plans failed, but you eventually saw that where God was taking you was better than where you planned to go?
  • How can remembering that give you hope next time you see your plans start to fail?
  • What is one way you can seek God when making your plans, so they more closely align with His plans for you? 

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