I found this commentary helpful: (emphasis in bold is mine)
Yesterday, we were doing errands in the part of the city where we bid on our first house. We drove past it and it brought up many old memories. Conrad and I were a few months away from being married in 1996 and a house popped up on the market and it was priced at $19 900. (Unbelievable in today's market!) It was a tiny house, just one bedroom and just around 600 square feet. It would have essentially been just like an apartment (like the one we had planned on living in for the first years of our marriage) and yet by buying this house instead we would be home owners and our mortgage would likely be less than what our rent payment would be. We prayed about the house and decided that if our offer (as is) was accepted then we would buy the house. We submitted an offer for $18, 500 (Hard to believe!) and when the bank appraisal came back, the house was appraised at $18, 000. Our agent at the time just expected that we would throw in another $500 and then just buy it anyway. However, we decided to walk away. To us, the bank appraisal coming back lower was just our sign that God didn't want us to buy that house. Our agent kept pushing us to buy it because it was so much better than renting because this would be an investment and building for our future. We walked away. We relied on God even though it would have been very easy to go and do our own thing. That house was for sale for a LONG time. I would drive past it occasionally (Conrad worked in the area) and sometimes second guessed our decision to walk away especially when a few months later we decided to move to a new apartment and ended up paying almost twice as much as what our mortgage payment would have been and we didn't even have a yard.
Unlike Judah, we didn't even have to wait very long to learn that God had a different plan in mind for us. About two months after our wedding, it became very clear why we didn't get to buy that house. I was pregnant. If we had bought that house we would have been stuck in a tiny house (that was difficult to sell!) with a baby on the way (and 2 more within a few years). We were so thankful that we had not gone along with our own plan to buy that house regardless of what obstacles were in our way. God led us to another house about a year after we had put in the offer to buy the little house and this house was more than we could have imagined and allowed us to use it as a stepping stone for the house we now have. It always seems to work out when we trust God....funny how that works :) It may not always be what we expect. It may not always be in our timing. It may not even make sense on this side of Heaven. We just need to trust in the One who has it all worked out.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Micah 2-4