“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Prov. 16:9).
God will give us the vision for what He calls us to do. After we have the vision, we should ask Him if He wants us to take action on that vision and what the action steps entail. The Lord wants to direct each step of the planning process. David learned this lesson when he went to battle against his enemy, the Philistines. One day he inquired of God as to whether he was to go up against the Philistines, and the Lord said, “Yes, but only when you hear the marching in the balsam trees.” Many times we find ourselves turning to reason and analyzing in order to come to a decision on a matter. The Lord already knows the answer. It is our responsibility to seek Him to find out His mind on the matter. Our planning should be established in Him. Only when we remain so connected to the source can we be assured of putting God’s plan into place. Also, getting that plan confirmed through others will assure that we are not following the deceit of our own heart.
When you begin to plan next time, ask God for His wisdom for establishing the vision and action steps. You will be surprised how well He can plan.
Dear Lord, help us to be mindful of the fact that You have a plan & purpose for our lives which includes strategies to help us accomplish everything Your plan entails. Let us look to You for guidance on every plan and decision we have to make. Your outcomes are always right. Thank You dear Lord for Your great love. Amen
Adapted from TGIF devotion (Today God Is First) Carol Harrison Chaplain Program Director Signature HealthCARE