Faith and careful planning

'We should make plans - counting on God to direct us.' Proverbs 16:9 TLB

Find the balance between faith and careful planning. You can't say, 'I'm going to upgrade from my pay-as-you-go phone to the latest pay-monthly phone on the market', if you don't have the money. And none of that, 'The Lord will provide' stuff! Is your network really going to send the bill to God?

Walking by faith does not mean walking into oncoming traffic. Trust God to provide, but don't 'blow your budget'. Trust God for safety, but don't try to pull a wheelie on the motorway! Trust God for your health, but don't lie around on the couch all day. Faith in God isn't a 'get out of jail' card. Give everything to God, yes, but not your sanity; you're given a brain for a reason.

'Fools are rewarded with nothing but more foolishness, but the wise are rewarded with knowledge' (Proverbs 14:18 NCV). Wisdom says do all you can, then trust God to do what you cannot do. Faith and careful planning go hand in hand. Dream dreams but keep your feet firmly on the ground. If you want to be a worship leader start practicing your chords and scales. If you want to win the Olympics, put down that bag of Doritos and get out there training. God can do heaps if you've got the faith but he expects you to do your part as well.

So what now? Want to achieve something big? Plan it with precision and wisdom, and pray about it with faith. The balance spells success.

Soulfood: 2 Ki 11-12 Mt 23:29-24:2 Ps 135 Pro 7:21-23,

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