Do not plan without God. God appears to have a rather delightful way of changing plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstance that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him, that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the actual planning of our lives. Yet the only thing that will prevent us from even the slightest chance of worrying is to bring God in as the greatest factor in all of our planning.

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In spiritual issues it is customary for us to put God first, but we tend to think  that it is inappropriate and unnecessary to put Him first in the practical, everyday issues of life. If we have the idea that we have to put on our "spiritual face before we can come near to God, then we will never come near to Him.

Do not plan with a concern for evil in mind. Does God actually mean for us to plan without taking the evil around us into account? "Love . . . thinks no evil" (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Love is not ignorant of the existence of evil, but it does not take it into account as a factor in planning. When we were apart from God, we did take evil into account, doing all of our planning with it in mind, and we tried to reason out all of out work from its standpoint.


Do not plan with a rainy day in mind. You cannot hoard things for a rainy day if you are truly trusting Christ said, "Let not your heart be troubled . . .(John 14:1). God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command, "Let not . . ." To do it, continually pick yourself up, even if you fall a hundred and one times a day, until you get into the habit of putting God first and planning with Him in mind.

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