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Making Successful Plans

1 Chronicles 28:11,12,19
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans...
12 ...and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit...
19 All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.

Proverbs 19:21 says there are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the Lord's counsel - that will prevail. In my life the challenge is knowing what plans are my plans and what plans are the Lord's. David has made plans to build the temple and even had intially recieved godly counsel to "do all that was in his heart" (2 Samuel 7:3). David was obedient to the Lord, coming to understand it was not going to his assignment to build the temple. Nevertheless, David made preparations for the future to set Solomon up to succeed.

One of the hardest things is determining which of the things I want to do is really the right thing to do. I do think that God is interested in all the choices in my life. I know He is honored when my plans are submitted to Him. What is really rewarding is to know that the plans you are making that have thier origin in your heart have been initiated and developped by the Holy Spirit. I think that this is when we feel most fulfilled and sence the greatest favor from God.

Some challenges I have to be aware of. First is allowing my desire to do something override God's restrictions. David had the resources to move forward with the construction of the temple. We know him to be a man passionate about worship. Yet he subjected his noble and right desire to obedience to the Lord. Sometimes that's harder than it sounds. Emotional investment in an idea get tied in to personal identity issues and it becomes hard to let some things go. But I must if it doesn't have God's approval. Another issue is that God will allow us to do what we want to do in some circumstances because He knows that's what we're going to do anyway. I can have the tendancy to confuse God's permission to be His blessing. That's not always the case. There have been times that He's allowed me to experience the consequences of my own decsions. He helps me to learn from them and move ahead.

As I'm getting older I don't want to be as presumptuous of His favor. I won't sit around using lack of direction as an excuse for my fear of taking steps of faith. Neither do I want to be as quick to do something just because I have a jones for something. I want my plans to have thier initiation and directions to come from the Holy Spirit.

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