Putting Our Plans Before God
Over the last few days, I’ve heard a consistent theme of, ‘caution’ and ‘pride’. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. I have watched that proverb play out in churches, ministries and businesses. As Christ followers become successful in life, there is a great danger we will look to our own abilities and understanding instead of placing our hope and strength in the Lord.
As my walk grows with Him, I need His advice and council more than ever. This year alone, we have walked into uncharted territory like never before. Most of what has happened with our business I did not see coming. Did I have a sense we would build a second team, yes, but not for another year or two. Did I think we would start producing a TV show for one of the organizations we work with, no, did not see that coming at all.
I have found the Lord continually moves me from the comfortable to the uncomfortable and in so doing increases my knowledge, abilities and faith in His plan for my life. I have watched Him do this for the last 10 years. I can just about tell when He is going to do something new or different based on my level of comfort. When I become satisfied with where I am, I start to operate on cruise control. That is my signal for change. There is as much danger in being comfortable as there is in being prideful.
When opportunity knocks, place that opportunity before the Lord to see what He would have you do with it. He has the best plan for our lives, trust in Him always. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Caution, our own hearts are deceitful, no one is better at convincing me to do something than me. I am my own worst enemy. Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Putting Our Plans Before God
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“So David asked God, ‘Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?’ The Lord replied, ‘Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.'” -1 Chronicle 14:10
Do you know the best way to plan for the future? Is there any way to ensure we’re making the best decisions we can?
When we’re about to make a big decision, or any decision for that matter, it’s a good idea to ask God about them. The types of decisions we make in our 20s can chart the course for the rest of our lives. Therefore, it’s wise to get a heavenly perspective!
One of the ways we can consult God about our decisions is through prayer. When David prayed to God, God answered him. But, we shouldn’t assume that God will answer our prayers the same way he did the first time. When David consulted God again for a subsequent battle, God told him something different. “And once again David asked God what to do. ‘Do not attack them straight on,’ God replied. ‘Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.'” (1 Chronicles 14:14&15) This is why it is so crucial that we continue to consult our Heavenly Father in every step we take.
Another way to put our plans before God is to put them before trusted people who know God and have walked the path we are going to take themselves. In the book of Proverbs it says, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” (Proverbs 15:22) Do you know anyone who can speak spiritually into your life? Don’t be afraid to ask for perspective from others – often this can save us danger and hardship down the road.
Do you put your plans before God? Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6)