“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
So often we are told that as Christians, planning for the future is not good, as we should just take one day at a time and not trust in our own plans. Although there is a tiny amount of truth in the above statement, planning for the future is not in and of itself wrong. Rather it is wisdom. Jesus Himself planned for the future and promised the Holy Spirit after His ascension. Nehemiah diligently planned for the future in his God-given desire to re-build Jerusalem’s walls. Paul planned his visits to the many churches he planted after his release from prison.
What is important to note, is that a plan without God at the centre, can turn out to be disastrous and become self-glorfying rather than Jesus-gloryfing. It is in fact the Lord who leads and guides us when we make decisions and plans for our futures. It is the Spirit’s guiding that prompts us to make the right decisions. When we are lead by the Lord, we can have full trust that even when tough times come, even when there may be opposition to our plans and ideas, God is at the centre and will bring it to pass. In addition, if our plans are birthed from God’s heart, then we can take full confidence that our plans are in the centre of God’s will for our lives too. As the writer of Proverbs says, “Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
Let us surrender our lives to Him, allow Him to reveal His perfect will as we plan for our futures and allow Him to lead us in that path. Let the Lord determine your steps.
How can you know this is God-supported plan or just my own plan?
Compare it with scripture. What God says is truth. And test it. Idea birthed from prayer as often God speaking. Ask God for confirmation