Do Not Make Plans Without God . . .

Never make plans without God. God appears to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we make, when we have not taken the time to include Him. We somehow get ourselves into situations that were not chosen by God, and instantly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him - that we have not even considered Him to be a vital factor in the planning of our lives. The only thing that will keep us from even the possibility of worrying is to include God as the greatest factor in all of the planning. In spiritual matters it is customary for us to place God first, however, we tend to feel that it is inappropriate and unnecessary to place Him first in the practical, everyday issues of our lives. If we have the idea that we have to place on our "spiritual face" before we can come near to God, then we will never come near to Him. We must come as we are.

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

Don't plan with an emergency day in mind. You cannot hoard things for a rainy day if you are truly trusting Christ. Jesus said, "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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