Finishing Strong: Proper Planning

Proverbs 16:3 Amplified Bible
“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.”
It is often said that failing to plan is planning to fail. A plan is simply a course of actions that lead to a desired end. Even as we talk about finishing strong this week, when you look back at how devastating 2020 has been, it is easy to get overwhelmed and distraught until you just give up. That is what the enemy would want because the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.
One lesson learned is to never look at or plan life based on a single year but to look at it from a decade perspective and then break it down to each year. That way when one year is as devastating as this year has been for many people then it does not derail us because we have a 10-year perspective.
Our key verse says, ‘Commit your ways to the Lord, submit and entrust them to him.’ Even the little that you may have been able to accomplish this year, commit it to God with thanksgiving. Remember he is able to multiply the little fishes and the loaves to feed the multitudes.
Do you have plans and have you committed them to the Lord? Think about this; we have the Holy Spirit who leads us and guides us. He knows our past present and future. Most importantly, he knows the very heart and mind of God concerning all things and he is there to help us. How sad that many of us ignore him yet he is more than willing to direct us on the path of God’s plan for us.
Hudson Taylor was a British missionary and he had definite convictions about how God’s work should be done. He said, “We can make our best plans and try to carry them out in our own strength. Or we can make careful plans and ask God to bless them. “Yet another way of working is to begin with God; to ask His plans, and to offer ourselves to Him to carry out His purposes.”
So even as we look at finishing 2020 strong, let’s thank the Lord for this far he has brought us. Let’s seek him and ask him his plan for our lives if we have not done so and if we have, let’s not be discouraged and let’s not relent. Let us remind God of his plan for our life. Our God is faith.