All my life, I’ve had some big plans. I’ve wanted to be a doctor of sorts since I was six, and pursuing this dream hasn’t been easy. In fact, life as a young adult, in general, can be quite hectic: the combination of school plans, work plans, boy plans, and living away from home plans can make life seem like a never-ending marathon. Fear not stressed sister, living a busy lifestyle and having plans for your life is a very biblical thing to do. Consider Proverbs 6:9-11,
How long will you slumber, O sluggard?
When will you rise from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to sleep—
So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler,
And your need like an armed man.
There are many other Bible passages teaching us that God has always wanted his people to work hard and stay busy. The real question we should be asking ourselves is this: what kind of plans are you making a priority?
In Genesis 12, we are introduced to a man named Abraham, who was experiencing a day that would forever change his life. He had just received a promise from God of not only a son and heir but a legacy. Fast forward to Genesis 22 and life is going very well for Abraham and his wife, Sarah. Their son Isaac has been born and they’ve no doubt made plenty of plans for his upbringing and their future family. But then God gave Abraham a peculiar command. He asked Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice; to actually kill his only son. But what about God’s promise in chapter 12 and His grand plan for Abraham’s family?
Now Abraham could have done or said any number of things at this point. He chose to get up early in the morning, saddled his donkey and told Isaac they were going to worship. He chose to obey God, unconditionally. Abraham had trusted God to keep His promise, even to the point of sacrificing his own son. This couldn’t have been easy. In fact, it may be one of the most heartbreaking accounts in the entire Old Testament.
Like Abraham, we all make big plans, whether physically or spiritually, for our lives. Sometimes our plans work out and sometimes we watch as they fall flat on their face. Even through all our life/career planning, there is something more important we should be planning for—that standing appointment that we can never escape. Hebrews 9:27 says,
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
Death is the only event we will ever plan for that is certain to happen. Every decision we ever make should have this ultimate ending in mind: God is waiting in Heaven for us. Go ahead and make wonderful, godly, exciting plans for your life; but don’t forget to also plan for your death and PLAN BIG!