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The Key to Planning Ahead

As an eleventh grader, I’m in the season of life where everyone wants to know my future plans. I used to get frustrated because I felt like God didn’t want me to have dreams or plans. Then the Holy Spirit reminded me of Psalm 20:4, which says, “May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”

Planning for the future is not sinful. In fact, God wants to hear our plans, our desires and our dreams. He is a good dad who enjoys blessing His kids. But just like we wouldn’t expect a good dad to give a knife to a toddler, we can’t expect God to bless plans that are not His best for us. Psalm 138:8 says, “The LORD will work out His plans for my life, for your faithful love, O LORD endures forever” (NLT). God alone knows what’s best for us. If we want to make the most of our lives, we have to include God in the planning process and trust His direction.

Philippians 1:6 promises that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  None of us know where we’ll be in five years. It’s possible we won’t be anywhere that we planned to be. However, as Christians we take heart in knowing that even if we aren’t where we thought we’d be, we are there for a reason. Wherever you are, you can be sure the Lord is working out His plans for you.

Reflect:

  • What is one plan or dream that you have for your future?
  • Have you asked God to show you His best plans for your future? Pray and ask Him to align your desires with His best plans. 
  • Has there been a time in your life when your plan did not work out, and you saw that God's plan was better?

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