Have you ever heard that planning is of the devil? Back in the day I use to run with a few guys who were convinced that planning is of the devil. I often wondered what bible they were reading. Take a look at what the bible actually says about planning:
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to meet another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Luke 14:28 – 31
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15
Zig Ziglar once said – “If you aim (plan) for nothing, you will hit it every time. How true is that statement?
The only way to achieve your dreams and goals in life is by careful, purposeful and deliberate planning. God is not against planning. He wants for you to plan. Involve him in the process. Acknowledge him in all your ways and He will make your path straight. You may claim Jeremiah 29:11 all you want, but if you don’t get together with the Lord to find the best course of action to reach your destiny, you may never reach it.
Dr Graeme Edwards once said – “It’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning.”
So begin taking the necessary steps today. Alan Lakein said, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do
something about it now.”
Don’t leave things to chance. Plan well, plan with God. He has great things in store for you. For starters – plan your day or week well. Make plans for family, friends, Church and activities. Develop a 2-5 year plan about where you are going spiritually, financially and professionally. Never forget to keep God in the loop, because He is the one who is going to order your steps.
Planning of not of the devil – it is of God! Get Planning…
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Great post! One of my favorite project managers in the Bible is Joseph. Through his following God’s plan his life, no matter how much it did not make sense, he was put in a position to plan the future for Israel and ultimately our future through Jesus.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
– Jim Bradford, Project Manager at NASA
Thank you Patrick. Thanks for referencing both Joseph and Jim. I think God has given them something special – wisdom . Love the quote as well. Stay blessed!
Thank you so much for this. I am a planner. I have seen the blessings this has yielded into my life. When I don’t plan, I am all over the place and frustrated. God has shown me the balance between discipline and dependance and I’m most happy walking in that delicate balance!
Well said… Finding that delicate balance is indeed the key. Thanks for your valuable feedback.
James 4:15 is my verse about planning. I have the first part of it it at the head of every monthly budget: “If the Lord wills, we shall live, and do this….” That is the most important consideration. We may not be alive tomorrow to fulfill those plans.
I want to be like you when grow up! Wonderful!