Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” This innate desire to plot out the course of our life stems from our desire to be in control of our life. However, Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, BUT the Lord determines his steps.” Beloved of God, you were chosen before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), to walk with God along the paths He uniquely designed for you! The goal is to concentrate on aligning your plans with God’s plans, will, and purpose. When we trust in God’s plan then we can truly embrace the promise taught in Jeremiah 29:11. The good news is our hope and future is deeply rooted in heaven, where eternal ecstasy awaits us and NOTHING can rob us of this inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14). Remember this, planning always begins with humility. James 4:13-14 says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” The Bible teaches against two extremes: never setting goals and setting goals with no thought of God. The balanced alternative is found in James 4:15: “Instead you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” It is good to make plans, as long as we leave room for God to change our plans. His goals undoubtedly take precedence over ours.

About Noel Pinnock and Lowell Pinnock

Noel Pinnock is a published author and recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in transforming under performing companies into positions of prosperity and optimum value. He specializes in strategic, operational, and tactical services. As a nationally certified public manager, he has been responsible for overseeing many large-scale organizational transformations. We are #4given, saved by the blood of Christ.
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