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January 17, 2014

January 17, 2014

"The Wise Look Ahead and Make Plans"

“The wise man looks ahead.  The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts.”  Proverbs 14: 8 NLT

We’re beginning a series on Wisdom today.  It will continue next week as we explore what it means to be wise  as God means it.

Many people in life start off well but end up doing poorly because they don’t plan for the pitfalls.  The Bible says the wise man looks ahead.

We all face pitfalls.  They're a part of life.  There are cultural distractions, voices of doubt, tempting short cuts and discouraging delays.  Just look at poor Noah.  He had pitfalls after God told him to build an ark, but he overcame them and you can too.

Now, I’m not saying that God is giving you the goal to build an ark.  Yet, I do pray, He’ll give you a big goal for your next ten years.  The Bible says you’re wise to look ahead and make plans.

By doing that, you’ll not only be prepared to spot the pitfalls when they come into your life, you’ll also be prepared to apply the antidote to the pitfalls of life.  As the Bible says, only the fool fails to look ahead.

Ask God to help you establish goals that fit His plan for you.  Ask Him to help you establish long term as well as short term goals.  Then you’ll be ready to learn how to handle the pitfalls that could potentially keep you from getting from where God wants you to go.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don