Dear brothers and sisters!
I send greetings to you on this wonderful day!
Time flies away so fast, therefore it is so important for us to learn to spend our days rationally.
Today I want to show you that planning is one of the expressions of wisdom.
The Bible talks about this,
„By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength; for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.” (Proverbs 24:3-6).
In this passage, the word “house” symbolizes everything that we try to build and create in our lives. It may be our personal life, our families, business, company, organization, our calling, etc.
In order to furnish a house, to secure and fill it with different beautiful treasures, it is necessary to ponder on all the steps and decisions.
In this same passage, the Bible asserts that life is a war.
„Therefore find a guidance to wage your war.”
The fulfilment of your calling – demands war.
Entering into your destiny – demands war.
Building a strong and favourable family – demands war.
Bringing up God-fearing children – demands war.
Creating and managing a successful business – demands war.
We are in a war and God tells is telling us to skillfully wage using the assistance of wise guidance.
The word “quidiance” in thу above passage is related to wisdom, expressed through planning.
When we ponder on and analyze our ways, we can step out with a clearer and more specific strategy.
It is not a coincidence that the Bible says wisdom is better that strength. (Eccl. 9:16а).
A person can be strong and energetic, but if they lack wisdom, they can easily wear themselves out and waste their strength. A person can give all of their strength and with all that, they may not reach anything fundamental; because not everything depends on strength alone. Without a specific plan and strategy, you would only be beating the air and wasting your strength.
God wants us to have a lot of wisdom, therefore He sent the Holy Spirit Who is the Spirit of wisdom.
It is very important to understand that the Holy Spirit express Himself more through wisdom than through strength.
When Prophet Isaiah prophesied that the Holy Spirit would come upon Jesus, he said,
„…The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:2).
By this prophesy, we see that when we speak about different expressions and functions of the Holy Spirit, there is a place both for strength and wisdom.
Five times out of seven, the Bible tied or connected the functions of the Holy Spirit with wisdom, and not strength. The strength of the Holy Spirit is imbeeded in His wisdom.
God wants you to be wise and successful in all of your actions. But one of the expressions of your wisdom is the skill of planning.
Planning means to deliberately lay out steps of action in order to reach a definite result or success in life. All of our actions should bring specific fruit.
„Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.” (1Cor 9:26).
In this passage, the phrase “I run” characterizes human action. Every person is occupied in one way or the other. We are always busy with something, and occasionally we hear from people or even from ourselves the phrase:, „I don not have time”. Nevertheless, it is not our business that determine the level of our success, otherwise all people would be successful. Therefore in this passage, Paul is calling us to run not like a man running aimlessly or a man who is just beating the air. If we beat, then we should beat to hit a target. If we act, then we should not be chaotic in our action, but rather be organized and specific in our aim so as to become effective.
Those who plan have more chances to be successful than those who will not plan.
Planning guarantees effective utilization of our resources, finances, time, energy and efforts in order to reach an expected result.
Those who are endowed with more opportunities and finances, but are not organized, sooner or later fail or come to poverty. At the same time, others with less opportunities but who are more organized, will continually rise up and excel in business.
Therefore the Bible says,
„A poor man’s field may produce abundant food, but injustice sweeps it away.” (Proverbs 13:23).
The word “injustice” is translated as “lack of order” in the russian Bible. Lack of order or organization lead to waste of resources.
All of us have 24 hours in a day, but many are still saying they do not have time to do what is important. The only explanation for this is that such people lack order and organization in their lives. If you start managing and planning your time, it will surprise you how much you can manage to do in a day.
Planning guarantees effective utilization of resources, therefore all successful people resort to planning.
Instead of complaining that you have no time, no money, no people, etc.; stop and find out what God has given you already, start planning wisely and you will experience miracles in your life.
Start organizing what you already have, because your miracle begins with that.
Remember: The lack of order, organization and a defined action plan lead to loss and poverty.
May the Lord bless you!
Pastor Rufus Ajiboye