In the first half of verse 21 Solomon writes that “many plans are in a man’s heart”. James adds to those who say “we will engage in business” that they should add “if the Lord wills” because “you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow” (James 4:13-15). In the last half of verse 21 the reason for this is made clear…”the counsel of the Lord will stand”. So often our plans are short sighted or narrowly focused, temporal and temporary. The wisdom and counsel of the Lord breaks through our fluctuating circumstances and provides foundational insight…beyond the emotion and issue of the moment. His word speaking to our situation provides lasting counsel.