Scripture About Planning

Scripture About Planning

God has a plan.

Man was purposefully made to have a purpose

Men who fear God and purpose their lives after God are called righteous.

  • Noah – Genesis 6          
    • God’s purpose is challenged but not thwarted (Genesis 6:6-7)
    • Noah is called out specifically for God’s purpose (Genesis 6:13)
    • Noah is given his purpose (Genesis 6:14 ff)
    • Noah did all he was commanded according to God’s plan (Genesis 6:22)
    • He did so “in reverent fear”  and “condemned the world” (Hebrews 11:7)
  • Abraham
    • Left what was familiar in pursuit of God’s purpose (Genesis 12:4)
    • Believed God’s promise instead of logic and biology (Genesis 15:6)
    • Trusted God instead of his grief and pain (Genesis 22:8)
  • Moses – Book of Exodus
    • Received a plan for his life (Exodus 3)
    • Executed the plan in the face of internal and external resistance (chs. 4-18)
    • Delivered the what he received to the people (Genesis 19-31)
    • “Finished the work” on God’s dwelling place (Genesis 40:33)
    • Brought Israel to the brink of their promised goal (Deuteronomy 34:4)
    • There were “none like him for all….the LORD sent him to do” (Deuteronomy 34:11)
  • Joshua
  • Judges
  • Negative example
    • Israel fails to complete God’s plan and things go badly from there (Judges 2:1-3)
  • Rest of book summarized here: Judges 2:16-19
    • Follow God’s plan/manà good!  Follow no plan/self/idols bad.
  • And here: Judges 21:25, proving the point in negative fashion.
    •  “In those days…Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
  •  Boaz – Ruth 2-4
    • Boaz knew his role, made a plan, and boldly fulfilled his purpose as redeemer.
  • David
    • Knowing the end, confidently waited on God to complete his plan for him.
    • Succeeded as he faithfully followed through on his responsibilities to his flock, his family, his king, his friend, his God.
    • Failed when he followed his fleshly appetites for sloth, sex, and security.
    • Learned from his mistakes and told Solomon exactly how to succeed (1 Kings 2:3-4)
  • Solomon
    • Offered everything, and asked for wisdom. Aka “to know the plan” (1 Kiings 3:9)
    • Received wisdom, honor, wealth, and long life IF he follows the plan (1 Kings 3:14)
    • In the midst of building, God reminds him… 1 Kings 6:11-13 … stick to the plan.
  • King Jehoshaphat
  • Job
    • Had a regular plan to consecrate, atone for, intervene for his children (1:5)
    • Confesses that God’s plan prevails without fail and that our own words/plans/thoughts/deeds are nonsense/dust/ashes in comparison (Job 42:2-6)
  • Nehemiah
  • The Lover of Song of Songs
    • Bold, purposeful, and goal-oriented wooing and winning. Unstoppable.
  • Daniel (Rach, Shach, and Benny too)
  • Habbakuk
    • Though every plan should fail, rejoice in the God of your salvation (Habbakuk 3:17-19)
      •  A plan for contentment.
  • John the Baptist

Pauline Teachings

Book of Hebrews

  • Lays out the whole plan (Hebrews 1:1-2)
    • As it was: prophets, law, altar, priests, blood…
    • As it is now: JESUS. Done and done.
  • Pay attention, don’t drift away. How shall we escape if we neglect it? (Hebrews 2:1-3)

Book of James

  • Steadfastness leads to perfection (James 1:4)
  • Let faith be the rudder keeping us on course (James 1:6)
  • Double-minded = unstable (James 1:8)
    •  Keeping my options open, refuse to make/keep a plan
  • Blessed is he who stands the test (James 1:12)
  • Be doers and not hearers only (James 1:22)
  • Quarrels and fights caused by “passions at war within you” (James 4:1)
    •  No plan, no control

Proverbs and OTHER

  • Trust in the LORD….He will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • The heart of man plans his way but the LORD establishes his steps (Proverbs 16:9)
  • The horse is made ready for battle but the victory belongs to the Lord (Proverbs 21:31)
  • For everything, there is a season (Ecclesiastes 3)
  • The Word never returns void but accomplishes what it is sent out to do. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
    • It is purposeful. God is always about His purpose and plan.
  • Seek first the kingdom and the rest will be added (Matthew 6:33)
  • All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called… (Romans 8:28)
  • He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6)
  • Work out your salvation….for it is God who works in you. (Philippians 2:12-13)
  • Jehoshaphat: Didn’t know what to do but pray (2 Chronicles 20:12)

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