Monday, October 2, 2017

A Biblical Approach to Planning

Did you know that the Bible talks about how to plan? It certainly does!

But rather than giving us methods of planning, like how to use a planner or a bullet journal, it gives us the spiritual principle that must be behind every goal that we make. God has given us everything that we need to know about life and godliness through His Word, even how to set goals and plan your time in a way that will glorify Him.

James 4:13-17 is the passage that teaches us this principle. It says, 

13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.
17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

This passage reveals that there is sin behind goals that are made without considering the Lord’s will. This sin is boasting, and whether we realize that we are doing it or not, James says that all such boasting is evil.

But that seems kind of harsh, doesn’t it? Why is making goals without considering the Lord’s will evil and boasting?

There is a simple answer to this question that comes right from the passage. We are just like a vapor, we do not know a single thing about tomorrow or how things will work out. For us to assume that we can see into or predict the future is boasting in something that we cannot and never will be able to do. God is the One Who sees into the future, so He should have that role in our hearts as we make plans.

Make sure that you keep God and His will as you make your goals and plans for your life, whether they are goals for today, tomorrow, or next year. He is your guide and is a very trustworthy one at that! Seek His wisdom in making goals and He will direct you according to His will.

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