Godly Goals

Proverbs 16: 3 and 9  “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.  In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” (NIV)

Promise:  God promises to bring success to my work and guide my way if I am committed to Him.

Lessons and Truths:

1.     God is sovereign and has a plan for my life.

2.     Serving God requires commitment and a love for Him.

3.     A life plan without God will not have a firm foundation to hold it secure.

When we begin a New Year, it is time to reflect on our goals, plans and direction for the year.  It is time to reevaluate what has been accomplished in the past year and plan for the future.  These verses remind us that whatever we do,  we need to consider our commitment to the LORD.  He is the one who ultimately directs our paths and will guide us in the decisions we need to make.  Is God the one you turn to when you are planning or determining your future work, investments, commitments, education, jobs, etc.?   These verses promise that consulting the Lord first will lead to greater success and a life that is rooted and grounded in the Lord.   Here are a few verses that confirm this promise:

Psalm 40:5 “Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done.  The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” (NIV)

Jeremiah 29: 11  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”   (NIV)

You can also read Psalm 37: 3-7.

Things to think about:  Am I asking God to establish, ground, and uphold me in life or am I headstrong and desiring to do my own thing?   Is the work I do in life motivated by my love for God?   Am I committed to Him?

Prayer:  Lord, guide me in this new year to make godly goals that uphold a firm commitment to You.  Establish my steps and give me a willing heart that is open to your leading.  Help me to set godly priorities and stand firm. Cause me to be humble and acknowledge my successes as a gift from you.   Amen.

May you walk in His steps with commitment in your heart,

Linda

** Do you have a special promise you would like to see featured this year?  Send me the Bible Address and maybe a word or two as to why this one is special to you.  Thanks for joining with me in this work.

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