Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Commit Your Plans To The Lord

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

27th January 2013

Some people often make plans without giving much thought to them.

Even worse, some Christians make plans without consulting God.

The writer of proverbs says,

‘Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans’. (Proverbs 16:3)

Yet so often we forge ahead, make plans, establish agendas, cast visions, but leave God out of the picture.

It is so easy to race ahead without so much as a thought for God's input.

‘To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the proper answer of the tongue’. (V.1)

We must commit our plans to God and listen for His answer. If we don’t lay our plans before God the way forward will be difficult and may in the end prove futile.

Here are a couple of key Scriptures to ponder when we are planning our tomorrows:

‘“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference.

Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting in God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry.

Worriers, by contrast, are consumed with fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today.

‘Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them’. (James 4:13-17)

Careful planning should include submission to God.

It is good to have goals, but goals will disappoint us if we leave God out of them.

There is no point in making plans as though God does not exist, because the future is in his hands.

What would you like to be doing ten years from now?

One year from now?


How will you react if God steps in and rearranges your plans?

Let’s plan ahead, but hold our plans loosely.

Put God’s desires at the centre of your planning; He will never disappoint you.

Have a good tomorrow and next week committing your plans to the Lord.

Pastor Barry

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