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Planning for a New Year

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Jesus Christ was born for us as a Savior (Lk.2:11). This means He came to deliver us from eternal judgment for our sins and to restore us to live the kind of lives God intended.

From the very beginning of creation God revealed His intention for mankind to develop the whole earth for His glory (Gen.1:26-28). As this has been God’s plan from the start, we should keep it in mind as we make our own plans for a new year.

Making plans for the coming year is a wise thing to do. God Himself makes plans, and by making plans ourselves we show that we bear His likeness.

But we must not merely plan – we must have regard for God in our plans.

Many will make plans during this time of year. Those with wisdom will make them with an awareness of God’s presence and a desire for His glory.

The Proverbs reveal an inescapable interplay between the plans of men and the plans of God. Consider a few examples. . .

“The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord” (Pr.16:1).

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Pr.16:3).

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs His steps” (Pr.16:9).

What is the gist of these verses?
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