Making Plans

Making vacation or business trip plans, setting short-term and long-term goals, striving to “reach the mark”; terms like these are often a part of professional and personal daily life. Discussions are rampant with what our plans are for tomorrow. Yet without goals and dreams, we would wander aimlessly through both our personal and professional lives.

James, the half-brother of Jesus, however, tells us not to boast about tomorrow when he says:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

(James 4:13-14) NKJV

I don’t think he is telling us not to make plans, In the context around the verse and in other scriptures, James and other biblical authors urge us to acknowledge God’s role in our planning, understanding that His plans for us are far greater, and supersede any plans that we may have for ourselves.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

(Jeremiah 29:11-13) NKJV

Where is God in your planning? Do you seek His Divine Wisdom as you make your plans? Are you plans aligned with His plans for your life?

Lord, as I make my plans and set my goals, may I first seek your wisdom and discernment. Your plans for me are greater than anything that I can imagine. Help me to always align my plans with your direction and plans for my life. In His Name Amen.

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 3/13/2013


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