Do you Have Plans?

Do you have plans? Plans for this evening or the weekend? Plans for home renovations, or projects at work? Maybe you’re one of those organized people with 5-year and 10-year plans for their life and finances. (Good for you!) Some of you may immediately think of the phrase “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”. But…that’s not from the Bible. (It’s from a poem by Robert Burns.)  What does the Bible say about having plans? Jesus said:

Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?

In the Old Testament, God tells the prophet Habakkuk to write down his vision, and make it plain!

Habakkuk 2:2 And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

When God tells Noah to build an ark, He gives him detailed plans:

Genesis 6:14-22 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above…

In Exodus, God gives Moses plans for the tabernacle to protect the Ark of the Covenant in excruciating detail – chapters of details – things like:

Exodus 261Moreover you shall make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twisted linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet. Make them with cherubim, the work of a skilled workman. The length of each curtain shall be twenty-eight cubits, and the width of each curtain four cubits...

In Numbers, we see the measurements for the cities built for the Levites, and in 2 Chronicles, the measurements for Solomon’s temple. And in Revelations, an angel measures the New Jerusalem:

Revelation 21:15 He who talked with me had a golden rod to measure the city and its gates and wall.
I hear hesitation from many Christians when they talk about their plans, because they know that sometimes our plans aren’t God’s plans, and our plans will eventually be interrupted or changed. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have plans! God understands plans. God understands that we need plans. We need them to direct us and keep us focused and give us priorities and help us communicate.
We’ll talk more in the next few devotionals about what the Bible says about plans, but I just wanted to get us started by pointing out that it is OK to have plans! Have plans for your finances, for your projects, for your family, and for anything else. God wants you to have plans! So…what are your plans?

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