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?
September 19, 2021
“Oneness with Jesus leads to oneness with other Jesus followers.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 19, 2021 After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:1 Being one in spirit means you have reached a level of [...]
September 18, 2021
“Freedom from persecution does not guarantee a life of holiness.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 18, 2021 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. [...]
September 17, 2021
“A flirtatious rendezvous with riches brings leanness to our souls and conflict in our relationships.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 17, 2021 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. [...]