Plans Require Confidence and Confidence Drives Plans
In planning there is the plan and there is confidence to implement the plan. A plan has what you want to achieve and how you will achieve it. Everyone must have a solid and very good foolproof plan. As we face life we must have plans. We must have plans for our future. We must have plans for this year. We must have plans for each month. We must have daily plans. We need plans for our finances. We need plans for our studies. We need plans for our social life and particularly families. It is biblical and christian to have plans. Failure to have plans is not having a lot of faith nor surrender to God, but reckless unacceptable foolishness. We must ask ourselves and ask each other – what is your plan?
Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Luke 14:29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
Luke 14:30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’
Luke 14:31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
Luke 14:32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
In the above passage from Luke 14, Jesus emphasised the importance of planning. You cannot get into any venture without a plan, because according to Jesus, that is foolish. We therefore must have plans in all that we do. We must have good plans as a christian duty. The church must set an example to all members by having good sensible plans being followed. No haphazard management of churches because it will translate to the life of members or they will disdain the church. The worship service must have a plan. A plan is important. Do you have a plan for your life? Do you have a plan for today?
While plans are important, it requires confidence to implement a plan. Many people will develop a plan but never get to implement it, for lack of confidence. A good plan is not enough, you need confidence to implement it. We will use David to explain the need of a plan and the need of confidence. We will first show that David had a plan of how to kill Goliath. But David did not stop at having a plan, he also had confidence to implement the plan. Confidence must accompany great plans. Confidence alone is not enough, it is empty hot air, that fails in the face of reality. Plans alone will stall for lack of driving power and will soon be abandoned and replaced by guess work and reaction to situations in an inconsistent manner. We need plans and confidence. David had plans and confidence when he sought to kill Goliath.
The following texts show that David considered fighting Goliath based on a plan.
1 Samuel 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock,
1 Samuel 17:35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him.
1 Samuel 17:36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.”
1 Samuel 17:37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
The above passage are David’s words to King Saul explaining his plan on how he will fight Goliath. David’s plan was to use the same method that he had successfully used to kill lions and bears. He assures that king that the plan is good and it has worked in the past. David had a plan on how to fight and kill Goliath. In case you still doubt, look at the following text as he approaches Goliath for the fight.
1 Samuel 17:40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:43 And the Philistine (Goliath) said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.
1 Samuel 17:45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
David had a sling and five stones. He also had a staff. His plan was to complete the fight with not more than five stones. That was a plan. David had a plan and Goliath could see it, that is why he was offended and asked why David only brought a staff. Goliath saw David’s plan, but he didn’t see his confidence. David too saw the plan that Goliath had for this battle. David saw that Goliath intended in his plan to use a sword, a spear and a javelin. David and Goliath each had a plan on how to fight. We must approach the battles and struggles of life with a clear plans and necessary weapons. we must have plans. Do you have a plan for what you are facing today?
Plans without confidence cannot be implemented. Confidence without plans will cause disaster. David not only had plans but he also had confidence. Confidence is faith and trust in God. Confidence is faith that works. Confidence is being sure of success before having it. The following passages clearly show David’s confidence.
1 Samuel 17:37 And David said (to King Saul), “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:45 Then David said to the Philistine (Goliath), “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
1 Samuel 17:47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
Though David had very good reliable plans, his confidence was in God. In verse 37 he tells King Saul that his confidence is that God who delivered him from wild animals will still deliver him from Goliath. David had confidence in God, but he also had plans. Plans require confidence and confidence drives plans.
David had plans and even went ahead to pick five smooth stones for the big fight as part of his war plan. But David also had confidence apart from that plan. David tells Goliath that i am coming to you in my confidence in God. David’s plans were driven by his confidence in God.
David had good plans, but he did not have confidence in those good plans but in God. This is where christianity parts company with the world. The world has confidence in good plans, but believers have good plans but confidence in God. Our confidence must be in God and God alone. If the confidence in God drives our good plans, we shall experience success only. Plans require confidence and confidence drives plans.
May God bless us with wisdom to develop very good reliable plans. May God also grant us faith to have confidence in Him and not in the plans we have developed. To have confidence in plans is to make plans idols, it is a form of idolatry. Our confidence must be in God and God alone. May our wise good plans be driven by our confidence in God and God alone, in Jesus name, Amen!(c)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but do not edit the authorship and content…thank you and be blessed!)