ALLOW the HOLY SPIRIT to GUIDE all our FUTURE PLANS
May 1 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 28-29
Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things; also for the division of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of the service of the house of the Lord, and for all the articles of service in the house of the Lord..."All this," said David, "the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans." (1 Chron. 28:11-12, 19)
Strategic Planning is defined as the intentional design for accomplishing our mission and goals. In today’s world, planning is a valuable skill that can be developed over time by intuition and experience. However, being a child of God, we have a wonderful promise that the Holy Spirit through His profound wisdom will provide us good plans that are in line with God’s purpose for us if only we trust Him and acknowledge Him in all our ways: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:5-6).
We may recall that during previous times, God had given detailed plans to Noah how to build an ark (Gen. 6:13–21), and He had also given Moses very detailed plans about how to build the tabernacle (see Exodus 25–31) along with how the worship should be conducted within the tabernacle (Lev. 1–7). The tabernacle was a prelude to the temple, which had to be built by Solomon. The scriptures used for our devotion today reveal that King David was given prior insight about God’s plan for His temple through His Spirit. In fact, God had made him understand in writing all the intricate workings of His plans (28:19). In other words, God had given David a detailed blueprint of the temple building project in advance!
However, it was David who transmitted to Solomon in writing (vv. 11–19) the plans he had obtained from God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. As in the case of the tabernacle, the temple was to be built in accordance with divine design and instructions that David had obtained by divine revelation. The detailed precision of the temple plans attests to the clarity of the revelation and to its faithful recording by David. Thus, the temple plans, like Scripture, were both inspired and authored by Almighty God (28:19). The very architecture of the place was intended to teach Israel important lessons about the glory, grandeur, and awesomeness of their God.
Today, the Holy Spirit is available to every believer for help in planning and preparation of his/her future. When we allow the Holy Spirit to plan for us, we can identify at least three characteristics that apply to most situations: (a) it focuses on revealing and glorifying the character of God. God will help us to arrange everything in a way that honors God and His divine values; (b) it helps to prepare the way for others to succeed. In this case, David’s preparations for the temple enabled his son Solomon to successfully complete the temple building project. It will ultimately help people to meet their needs and serve God with their abilities and resources; and (c) it provides both the vision and details of what God expects from us. As we plan, the Holy Spirit will help us achieve God’s ultimate objective, the “praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:12), and also carry out His purposes in specific, measurable ways.
When our Lord Jesus Christ left the earth, He knew fully well that we would need His guidance on a daily basis to accomplish His will upon this earth. So, He gifted to us the power (Acts 1:8) and presence (John 16:7-8) of the Holy Spirit to guide us through every step in life. Can we fully surrender to God by offering our bodies as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2) so that He will take over our lives literally through His Spirit and guide all our future plans?