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Plan Ahead With God

 

(Proverbs 16:9) “A person plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.”

(Proverbs 27:12) “Those who are prudent see danger and take refuge, but the naïve continue on and suffer the consequences.”

(Proverbs 24:1-4) “Don’t be envious of wicked men or wish you were with them, because they plan violence, and they are always talking about trouble. By wisdom a house is built; it is made secure through understanding. By knowledge its rooms are furnished with all sorts of expensive and beautiful goods.”

 

It is wise to plan ahead in life and to count the costs before starting a project. However, no matter what plans we are making, we have to surrender them first to God. Even if they are plans for the ministry work, you have to first make sure God is the head of that decision and the deciding partner in that project.

We tend to depend on our own resources, strategies and what others may say in order to make plans for the future. God clearly teaches us that a house is built by wisdom, not of man, but wisdom from Him. And you will be able to secure and enjoy all you have built by receiving understanding from Him and not your own. If you depend on what others are doing in the world, you will only achieve what the world has to offer, which is mostly trouble and violence.

When you plan the way God wants you to do it, you will have the stamina to survive any struggle, be unmovable in your decision to see the project finalized, and are guaranteed that your work in the Lord will not be wasted. This is His promise.


D.L. Moody, an American evangelist in the 1800s, prospered and got comfortable in Chicago and built many ministries there. He started the Illinois Street Church with over 2000 members and built the YMCA building in Chicago among others. This was not God’s will for Him, as he was called to travel and be an Evangelist, not a Pastor. Moody was teaching a series on Jesus Christ and made a plan to invite people to receive Jesus into their hearts when he concluded the series, which was the following Sunday. What He didn’t know is that the next Sunday would never come for many as that very night the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 started. He promised never again to finish a meeting without making an altar call to surrender to Christ.

In this fire, all the buildings were burned to the ground and all the members dispersed as the city was no longer inhabitable. He asked God for forgiveness, and for a second chance to rebuild what was burned down before traveling again to fulfill his calling as an evangelist. God agreed and he was able to rebuild all that was lost, and then he traveled to the U.K. There, after some initial struggles, he started one of the greatest Revivals the U.K. has ever seen. His conclusion was “Obedience is better than sacrifice”.

 


Have you planned ahead for your afterlife by surrendering to Jesus? Or are you still leaving it to chance and hoping that God will think you are a good person?

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, You are Unchanging Lord, Lord Your dominion is an everlasting dominion and Your kingdom is from generation to generation, You are Lord the King.
• Thank You that we can completely trust in Your ways and that You promise to direct our steps.
• We surrender all our plans and desires for the future into the hands of Jesus right now.
• Help us to be prudent and avoid unnecessary danger or troubles.
• Forgive us for being envious of the wicked that prosper in their ways and for desiring to be like them. Keep us away from their evil ways of thinking and their plans of violence.
• We receive right now wisdom to build our house, and understanding to secure it. We receive the knowledge right now to furnish the rooms with all sorts of expensive and beautiful goods.
• We declare by your word that we are steadfast, unmovable, and always excelling in the work of the Lord. All that we do will not be in vain but will bear fruit in its appointed season.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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