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?
February 24, 2021
“The best way to help others is for our love to be wedded to their dignity.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 24, 2021 In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, [...]
February 23, 2021
“Ask for help, trust Him, and listen.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 23, 2021 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; ‘I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17 I can be a [...]
February 22, 2021
“When we pray for people who are hard to love, it becomes hard not to love them!” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 22, 2021 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his [...]