Proverbs 16:3… “Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed” (NLT). I have been thinking of the word “plans.” This word is not used in the King James Bible, but it is used eighty times in the New Living Translation. Plans are important in one’s life. The word “plan” means “scheme, program, method worked out beforehand for the accomplishment of a project, a course of action, a specific aim or purpose, a strategy, a procedure, or laying out a future course.” Nehemiah spoke of plans which God had put in his heart (Nehemiah 2:12,16). God showed Moses plans for the tabernacle (Exodus 25:9). Let’s look at some of the reasons that our plans fail.
Negativism, fear, doubt, and timidity can produce an unproductive atmosphere. Proverbs 15:22 reads, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring success” (NLT). If you have a creative idea, seek advice. Do some research. Proverbs 20:18 reads, “Plans succeed through good counsel.”
Unrealistic goals… goals that are beyond your reach and knowledge. Proverbs 16:9 reads, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps” (NLT). It is far better to start with shorter goals and progress to mid-range goals, then use them as stepping stones to long-range goals. Proverbs 19:21 reads, “You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.”
Unclear goals… goals that have no starting time or completion date and no clear outline. Know where you are in the process. Be precise. Psalm 20:4 reads, “May he grant your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans” (NLT). Psalm 119:26 reads, “I told you my plans, and you answered. Now teach me your principles.” There are laws to follow in order for you to achieve success.
Failure to anticipate problems… You may face personal conflicts, inability to meet completion dates, times of low motivation, forgetfulness, lack of knowledge, lack of leadership, equipment failures, and lack of finances. Psalm 14:6 reads, “The wicked frustrate the plans of the oppressed, but the Lord will protect his people” (NLT). Psalm 33:11 reads, “But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.”
Lack of commitment… Or procrastination, not following through on your promises, not involving others, lack of communication, and lack of support. Job 5:12 reads, “He frustrates the plans of the crafty, so their efforts will not succeed” (NLT). Isaiah 29:15 reads, “Destruction is certain for those who try to hide their plans from the Lord, who try to keep him in the dark concerning what they do!”
Failure to revise goals… Or inflexibility, failure to see the need for change, and pride that keeps you from admitting that you have a problem. Jonah 4:1-2 reads, “This change of plans upset Jonah, and he became very angry” (NLT).
Failure to learn from your mistakes… Or repeating mistakes, facing the same crisis over and over again, and not knowing why something didn’t work out. 2 Corinthians 10:3 reads, “We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods” (NLT).
If you commit your work to the Lord, your plans will succeed.
Pastor George Belobaba
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