There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste. No honour is too distant to the man who prepares for them with patience – Anon.
There is a price to be paid for any endeavour worth its while. Life is set and guided by the table stones of divine principles. These principles are no respecter of persons. The dear old sage, businessman and prophet, world famous for his sufferings, Job, was made to understand the basis of the divine principles when Jehovah queried him in these words:
“do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish their rule upon the earth?” [Job 38: 33 (Revised Berkeley Version)].
However, it is great news to learn that our dear Lord, Jesus Christ came not only to rescue us from sin but to also translate us to His Glorious kingdom, far above principalities and powers. In doing this, He gave us all the good treasures of His kingdom- everything God has is ours for the taking because we are joint-heirs with Christ. In Matthew 18:18, Jesus expressly handed over the powers to control the laws of the Heavens by saying that, “I give you the keys of the Kingdom, whatever you bind on earth is bound in Heaven; whatever you loose on earth is loosed in heaven.”
However, is it not amazing that most of us believers fail to take advantage of these blessings because we refuse to walk by the divinely set principles to appropriate these things to our lives? God has set down principles and he would not go contrary to his principles. It, therefore, behoves us to walk in line to these principles if not we will be ineffective. Another wise man, this time, an old King of Israel, Solomon explained the consequences of neglecting to follow Gods set down principles. In Ecclesiastes 8:5, 6 the scripture states, “He who obeys his command will experience nothing harmful; and a wise man’s heart discerns both time and judgement. Because for every matter, there is a time and judgement, though the misery of man increases greatly”. One of the principles set out by the Lord by which we can govern or rule or dominate this world is PLANNING. When god created the world, he had a plan and gave Adam the authority to work out the plan. When the devil stole man’s authority, God had another plan to redeem and restore man. If you notice, the whole Old Testament is a shadow of the New Testament – a reflection of God’s plan to redeem man. Yet the old fool, the devil could not do anything to stop it, not for lack of trying. Little wonder the Bible says “wisdom is too high for a fool so he opens not his mouth at the gate” [Proverbs 24:7].
Life is a school and the tests and examinations do not have any particular timetable. To excel and succeed in the school of life, you should not live your life as if it does not matter what grade you come out with. Live with a sense of purpose and destiny. It is said that no one plans to fail but most people who fail to plan are planning to fail. If you do not know where you are going anywhere will be the right destination. However, where you know where you are going and do not know how to get there, you will end up being frustrated and risk quitting. A plan is a method by which purpose is fulfilled. Ecclesiastes 10:10 put it this way: “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” In other words, the word of God is encouraging us to activate the wisdom God has deposited in each of us in order to achieve our purpose.
No one enjoys planning. Even the saints of old who achieved things in the bible all planned, not out of enjoyment but as a necessary step to take to reach their dream. Planning is the manifestation of faith, the bible in Hebrews 11; 1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. That passage later went on to mention patriarchs who by their faith moved mountains and did other extraordinary feats. It will interest you to observe that they all had a plan. Planning is the manifestation of the faith, that scripture said faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. The evidence of something I still believe God for is not in my mind it can only be in some tangible form and that is on paper when the plan has been written down. If you aspire to marry your fiancé and have a happy marriage, then you have to plan with your fiancé on how to achieve that; for example by planning how you will manage your finances, your children and even how you will manage your disagreements. Then will it be said that your faith has works and it is not dead (James 2: 14 – 26).
- Noah had a plan for the Ark
- Joseph’s plan to curtail the effects of the famine lifted him to the office of Prime Minister
- Joshua had a plan to conquer Jericho
- David had a plan to defeat the philistines
- Solomon had a plan for the temple
The importance of planning can be gleaned from the business community where for instance a Bank will not give you a loan to float your business idea if you do not have a business plan. Even so, God invests His resources into the hands of people with the plan to get ‘there.’ Remember it been said that he who has more, more will be given unto him. When you have a plan, it motivates you to keep on keeping on till that dream or goal materialises. In the words of Bishop T. D. Jakes, “power emerges from the heart of a man who is relentlessly driven towards a goal.” Faith comes before ability. Do not wait for inspiration. Begin and inspiration will follow. To begin, you have to get a plan of how you will achieve the goal.
Abraham Lincoln is noted to have said: “prepare for the future now.” These words are echoed in Proverbs 21: 5 when it enjoined us that the plans of the diligent lead to profit. One of the ways of preparing for the future so that it will lead to profit is to meticulously calculate what one wants to achieve, how to achieve it, how long it will take and what possible obstacles will stand in the way. In Luke 14: 28-33 Jesus while admonishing us to strategize and calculate before any venture. He warned against failing to plan, saying:
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.”
In conclusion, I will enjoin you, my dear friend, to HAVE A PLAN for your life’s endeavour. It may not seem to be going to plan but it will eventually work out in your favour. Romans 8:28 says, “all things work together for the good of those who love God and who are called according to His purpose.” Therefore, even when it seems to be out of what you projected, God is up to something. God will honour the fact that you have trusted Him and have stepped out in faith by putting forth the evidence of that faith, even your plan. Remember, “men who have goals and plans dictate to others, while men who have no goals and plans are dictated to (Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones). Is it any surprising God said you shall be the head and never the tail? (Deut. 28).
A note of caution is found in a Russian proverb, “before you launch out, review your plans. Measure three times but cut only once.”