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November 2, 2003
We have looked at how to live life in view of Godís control, or sovereignty as the theologians call it. We looked last week at developing a biblical mindset, and next week we look at how to live a life of anticipation of heaven, and of God fulfilling His promises on earth while we wait.
Today I want to talk about how to make plans for the future, as we continue to look at how to live a life in the peace of God.
The Scriptures are clear that planning is a good thing. The Bible says we are to plan on having money to support our family by saving, by looking at what the future might hold, and planning for it, and so on.
So planning is a good thing.
My main emphasis as we go along today will be along the lines of job and career choices, since these are so crucial to our emotional and spiritual well-being, as you will see as go along today.
Iím not going to talk about such things as planning your wardrobe, what color to paint your house, or anything like that. You have a brain, and Iím going to assume at this point that you are capable of making some of those decisions on your own.
But I want to offer you three keys to making wise plans, and my hope is that you will actually make the effort to integrate these into your life.
You wonít regret it, and you may just open yourself up to new adventures for God.
Letís get started, shall we? The first key to making wise plans for the future is toÖ
1. Plan with the purposes of God in mind.
This will be where we spend most of our time, so buckle your seat belts!
Proverbs 16:9 Ė
In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps.
Two weeks ago, we talked about the fact that God is in control, no matter what, and that man can do nothing to thwart Godís plans.
This verse is stating that our planning should take into account that Godís plans are most important, and that we need to be open to what He wants us to do, even if that means a course correction in mid-life.
Let me share some ideas to help you make plans with the purposes of God in mind:
Ask God for His vision for your life.
We are generally self-sufficient beings, not wanting help from others, because we donít want to look weak or indecisive.
But if we want to be people of wisdom, we need to listen for Godís voice to give us direction for our lives.
Are you willing to take the time to ask and wait for Him to answer?
You might be thinking that maybe youíre too far along for God to give you His vision or direction for your life, but remember, itís never too late for God. He is sovereign, remember?
Important: ask for patience from Him in this. Sometimes we get in a hurry, and thatís when we make wrong decisions.
So be serious about asking God to give you a vision for what He has for you.
Seek godly counsel:
The Bible says that with many counselors there is success.
Get input from others. Sometimes we donít always see things as they really are, because we are so wrapped up in the circumstances, we canít see outside of them. So itís very valuable to get counsel. Let me offer you, very quickly, three major sources of counsel that you can take advantage of:
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