Planning is essential.
Don’t think planning only applies to large projects. We plan for small projects – witness the weekly store list.
“He who fails to plan; plans to fail” – Winston Churchill
This is not an intent. It’s merely the outcome.
This is part of a series of posts about planning:
- The Biblical Imperative for Planning
- Plan with God in charge.
- A Biblical example of planning.
- How to set God-sized goals.
This post is set up as a statement and questions deigned to help you see the benefits of planning with God as your leader.
Make the effort to answer the questions and fill in the blanks.
What is your view of planning
Which of these apply to you?
- I don’t do much planning.
- I did a business plan but don’t use it.
- Planning takes too much time.
- I don’t see the benefits of planning.
- My first reaction to planning is to get it done quickly so I can get some real work done.
- Planning has worked well for me.
- I have difficulty planning because of all the uncertainty.
- I plan but don’t stick with the project.
- I believe in planning but need help
- What other observations might you have about planning?
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. Psalm 37:5 (NASB)
What does this mean?
If I commit myself to the Lord”¦ Think of the two great commandments. Love the Lord with all I have and Love my neighbor. Everything else God wants from us falls from these. In this way I commit myself ( my life – read Romans 12:1).
To trust the Lord means to believe beyond any doubt that God will do what He says.
It means that His will be done”¦ not ours.
If we commit myself to the Lord and trust in Him means what we want has to be what God wants. Therefore, we must seek God and seek what it is He wants us to do.
In verse 7, we are told to be patient and not to worry about people who do not follow God’s lead and still prospers because (in verse 10) the wicked will soon be no more. God will deal with them.
What is there to learn from Psalm 37. Fill in the blanks and answer the questions.
If I delight myself in the Lord, He will give me the _____. (v 5)
What do you think about your desires and God’s desires?
I should rest in the Lord and wait _____ for Him. (v 7)
What do you think “rest” means?
Why is waiting important?
Is God’s timing the same as our timing?
Is it right for us to expect immediate results?
Read the remainder of Psalm 37.
What do you think it says about how we should approach planning?
THE PLANS of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed. Proverbs 16 (AMP)
Reflect on this proverb and write down (after each line) what’s revealed about planning.
THE PLANS of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man,
but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue.
All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart).
Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him]
He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and so shall your plans be established and succeed.
Bottom line: Let’s include God in our planning and not miss out on the richness of what God does for us.