Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
What is your plan for the future? What are you working on right now that will be tomorrow’s reality? Or do you have a plan to get you from where you are to a better place in life?
Whether you know it or not you are always engaged in a plan. Plans are either…intentional or unintentional. Intentional planning requires a repeated and modified behavior with the anticipation of a future result and includes the components of discipline, consistency, and goals. Unintentional plans are those in which we just exist with no clear direction or purpose. No plan is, in fact, a plan which has future implications. What you are doing today will determine what you will become and where you will be tomorrow.
You may ask, “What does having plans have to do with being a Christian?” God’s intent for all of His followers is that we grow spiritually. For that to happen there must be a repeated and modified behavior with the anticipation of a future result. Growing in Christ means to become more like Christ. That growth doesn’t just happen. We must plan intentionally with discipline, consistency, and spiritual goals.
It is wise to have plans for all areas of our lives including personal (things you want to change about yourself), financial (making your money work for you instead of you working for your money), physical (plotting a healthier course for living), and spiritual (purposefully growing in Christ and serving Him). In regard to planning there is an old expression that applies: Failure to plan is a plan to fail.
Several years ago, I looked in the mirror and I saw two things I didn’t like. That man standing before me was old and fat. I can’t do much about growing old but I can definitely make some changes to get my weight under control. So I put together an intentional physical plan with the desired result of a slimmer and healthier me. That was 60 pounds ago, and for the most part I’ve kept the weight off for about two years.
I also determined to take on a plan for spiritual growth. My intentional plan required that I would make a daily appointment with God and write a daily devotional as a record of those encounters. For this to happen I had to make a commitment to arise early every day. The purpose of the devotional was to seriously spend time with God, meditate upon God’s word, apply His instruction to my life, and then share with others what the Holy Spirit has taught me. The book you are reading is a product of that commitment.
Today’s focus scripture speaks of how planning changes your life. “Do not those who plot evil go astray? But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.” What you are intentionally or unintentionally planning today will determine tomorrow’s outcome. Engaging in sinful behavior is plotting evil that leads you away from God. A well-conceived plan that is devoted to God and His good purposes with the desired result of spiritual growth leads to “love and faithfulness.”
Life has many troubles of its own. There will be unavoidable circumstances and hardships that will hit you unexpectedly. But when you approach life with intentional plans that you have conceived through God’s guidance you will be better prepared for the gut blows of life. To grow in the Lord is to know and experience His amazing “love and faithfulness.”
What is your plan for growing in the Lord? What behavior needs modification to please God? Where are you headed spiritually? Are you headed “astray” or into the “love and faithfulness” of God? Where does the current road of your life lead? Does it lead to the abundant life that Jesus has promised? With the help of the Holy Spirit identify what needs to be changed and get to work on changing your life today.
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Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 1 (January – March) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.