I recently saw words on an advertisement that caught my attention. The bold lettered words said, “Plan Your Day…Grow Your Life.”
Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified Bible says, Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
We can’t have success without first having plans.
Unfortunately, most of our planned days look something like this…
Jump out of bed. Get kids ready for school. Go to work. Take a quick lunch break. Pick kids up at school. Go home and prepare dinner. Head to soccer practice. Get everyone ready for bed. Fall into bed for the night…and then wake up and do it all again.
I know that doesn’t apply to everyone, but you get what I am saying, I hope.
Our days are packed full of things that must be done.
If you take a moment to look over what you prioritize you will usually find those things, the priorities, are succeeding. It’s the things not planned for that often fail. The things we don’t make time for will often fall by the wayside.
In Psalm 90, Moses wrote a very famous verse, “Teach us to number our days O Lord that we may have a heart of wisdom.”
While this means we should realize the limited number of days we have on it, it means much more. The word, number, here is a translation of the Hebrew word “manah” which also means to appoint and ordain.
Appoint the days. This means that we don’t just sit passively by waiting to see what happens, we prepare our days ahead of time. Make a plan, so to speak.
It’s what we do for everything else in life. We have doctor appointments, business meetings, schedules to keep, all these things are and must be planned.
Why then do we not plan our spiritual life? If we want to walk in the blessings and provisions of God, should we not plan that as well? If we want our spiritual life to grow…should we not plan for it to grow?
I think that is what God is talking about when He said in Habakkuk 2:2, “Write the vision and make it plain.”
I believe He was and is saying, “Make a clear plan and then walk it out.”
I love what Proverbs 16:3 says in the Passion Translation; “Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.”
This, my friends, is a plan of ultimate success.
Put our trust in God. Make a plan. Then every plan will succeed. It’s sound like a good plan to me.
Today, as you are making your plans for the week, be sure to add time with God as a priority. You may have to get up early. You may need to skip lunch. You may have to stay up late. Whatever it takes, it will be worth it.
Do you want your spiritual life to grow? To increase? Do you desire to grow in God? If so, make a plan. Plan your day and grow your life…your spiritual life. Appoint your days and watch them succeed.
Meditate on this:
For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. Mark 4:28