I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
If you are a Christian, there is a balance needed in making plans. If you seek to do the will of God above all else, you cannot make plans without God’s help. And even when you do make plans, circumstances will change, things will happen, and you will have to adapt. So how do we find the balance of making plans and allowing God to lead us? How do we develop strategies needed to move forward, yet remain flexible and open to the Holy Spirit?
The above verse gives us some guidance. Proverbs 16:3 reminds us to commit all of our plans to God. This is the first step, and may I suggest, it begins not with your plans, but with God. In other words, look for where God is already working. Observe the ways you see God moving in the situation at hand. This may involve prayer and a time of waiting, or patience in developing a plan. Don’t let this waiting period paralyze you with fear, but do devote time to asking and listening for God to lead. Then begin to develop a plan, continuing to seek God’s guidance.
The end of this verse tells us that our plans will “succeed” if we commit them to the Lord. I caution you to think of “success” in terms of God’s dreams for you, rather than earthly success. Yes, if you are completely in line with God’s vision, God will make it happen. But more often than not, we stray off the path or life happens and we waver from what God has in store for us. The good news is, if you are continually seeking God’s will, all will be success. Even a failure can and will be used by God to bring good.
Romans 8:28 reminds us, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” I believe this deeply. In my own life, I make plans all the time, mostly with the guidance of God, but sometimes not. And while the plans with God are much more fruitful, I can look back and see how God has used all of it, even the bad, the failures, the heartbreaks, all of it, for my good and for God’s purposes. The key is to continually see the will of God over and over. Commit all of your plans to God. And whether you find great success or fail miserably, God will use it for good.
Holy One, As I step into the future, I pray that you will continue to guide me. Give me your help and your protection. Aid me with your direction and support. You are my rock and my redeemer. Let all of my plans be yours, Lord. Open my soul to where and how you are at work in the world, and let me join you. Thank you for being with me regardless of success or failure. Use all of me and all of my life for your purposes, oh Creator God. I put my hope in you alone. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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