Most of us desire more fulfillment in life and we ponder hours or even years trying to figure out our future in both the short term and long term. We often have dreams of where we go to school, the job we may have, how many children, where we’ll live, how much weight we can lose, how much money we can make, and of course when we can retire.
Setting goals is an important thing to do and planning is essential. In the Bible, Noah made plans to build an ark; Solomon made plans for the temple; David made plans for battle; Paul made plans for missionary journeys.
It’s great to have plans for life. But, the exciting news is, God has plans for your life that are even greater.
Aligning Your Plans with God’s Plans
1. Make plans for the eternal, not the temporary.
It matters whether a true view of life informs and shapes the way you think and how you speak about your plans. Your mindset matters. God created us not just to do things and go places with our bodies, but also to have certain attitudes and convictions that reflect the truth.
You weren’t created to simply live for self; you were made to live with the attitude and words that reflect God. Doing this allows us to live in the temporary while treasuring the eternal.
In all your planning, keep in your mind and give expression with your lips to this truth: “For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 14:14). We are fragile and our time is short. Keep the eternal on the front burner of your life.
2. Make plans seeking God’s will.
Planning for self alone is entirely too small. “Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil” (James 4:15-16).
It not only matters that you have a right view of life when you make your plans, but you must also have a right view of God. If you have a small view of God then you think God is here to serve you. If you have a big view of God then you think you are here to serve God.
A small view of God = a small response to God.
A big view of God = a big surrender to God.
You can voice a belief in God, but without true surrender and trust in God that is put into practice, you are still living for self.
3. Avoid foolishness and regret.
James 4:17 says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” This is a sin of omission. The sin isn’t found in doing something wrong, it is found in not doing something right. It’s not always easy and many times we have to make the right choice even when we don’t feel like it. Do the Godly, until your heart catches up. Your heart follows what you value.
Running Toward God’s Will
Run towards greater fulfillment by making plans for the eternal and include God in the planning. Strive for doing the Godly even when it’s not easy or doesn’t seem practical. Pray Jeremiah 29:11 every day. Pray God’s will in your life, that it will happen regardless of your desire. Encourage others to do the same. Our words inform our hearts. Chase after God’s will in your life.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.