Submit Your Plans to God

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.  Proverbs 27:1

It’s good to make plans for the future, but there are two basic mistakes the Bible warns against in this regard.

The first is to avoid a self-reliant overconfidence in your own ability to direct your future. Here’s what James wrote to his fellow believers about this: “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.” (James 4:13-15) James is basically saying, “Make your plans, but seek God’s will as the basis for making your plans.”

The second pitfall to avoid is being overly worried or anxious about what might happen tomorrow or down the road. In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus counsels his followers about not worrying and sums it up in verses 31-32: “ So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans (unbelievers) run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” He then gives us the proper response in verse 33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Our focus in planning for tomorrow and beyond should be on knowing God and serving God. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” (Proverbs 16:3)

Are you trusting God to direct your plans and provide for you as you submit to him?

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church