Wise planning is collaborative in nature, as it understands the wisdom found in diverse perspectives. It is not intimidated by input, but invites it. Otherwise, we are limited by our own ideas, experience and intellect. Wise planning is a way to assure success and minimize risk. We are presumptuous and irresponsible to not pay the price of planning. Even King David validated the plan with the people, “The plan seemed right both to the king and to the whole assembly” (2 Chronicles 30:4).
First of all prayerfully seek God’s plan. “All this,” David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the LORD upon me, and he gave me understanding in all the details of the plan” (1 Chronicles 28:19). Prayerful planning produces the best results. Schedule time with your team for prayer and then get up off your knees to plan. Plans marinated in prayer are seasoned with success. Seek the Lord and He will show you the wisest way.
The Lord has the best plan, so prayerfully understand His ways and you will save time, money and avoid mistakes. “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” (Jeremiah 29:11). Your primary counselor is Christ, so go to him often for insight. Do not be dismayed if your plan is delayed. God’s timing reaps radical results that last.
Lastly, look for validation from godly advisors beginning with your spouse and those who know you well. Also, listen to the advice you would give someone in a similar situation. You won’t regret following the same planning process you prescribe for others. ‘Do I practice what I preach, or do I make an exception and seek shortcuts?’ “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
May 19, 2022
“Repentance is not a one-time action but is the continual posture of a disciple of Christ.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 19, 2022 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the [...]
May 18, 2022
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May 17, 2022
“Your identity is in Christ alone.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 17, 2022 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 I’m about to get vulnerable with you . . . There are times I have felt that I [...]