Poor Planning Leads to Poor People
Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? (Luke 14:30-31)
Following Jesus and walking in the Spirit does not mean that you should merely live in the moment and not plan for the future. That’s foolishness, not faith.
In Luke 14, Jesus told us about men who began grand projects but never succeeded because they didn’t plan. He also used the illustration of a great military leader who made war but didn’t plan on what it would take to get his warriors through each battle. These are examples of people poised for a great victory, but instead, they suffered embarrassing losses.
God is a planner, and He has put within you the ability to plan in faith.
Planning is what Nehemiah did when he rebuilt Jerusalem. They didn’t just grab some left-over tools and rubble and start putting up a wall. Instead, Nehemiah put his faith in his plan. Planning is how God sent Jesus to the world through a virgin to live a sinless life, die on the cross, be buried in a tomb, and rise again in three days. Jesus wasn’t born when it “felt right.” God had prophets speak His plan from the moment mankind fell. If God is a planner, then we should be as well. However, our motive for planning shouldn’t be based on fear or a “just in case” scenario. Our preparation is always done with the outlook of faith as we move forward to fulfill more of what God has called us to do.
Practical Application – Has God given you a dream or a vision for something He wants you to do? Spend time planning what it would take to get it done and take one step forward this week in accomplishing that plan.
Proverbs 6:6; Proverbs 6:10