Proverb 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established.
Most people involved in the work of the ministry want to see their church succeed and carry out God’s will, and many are actively contributing to its progress. Yet some believers and churches are more successful in carrying out their vision or mission. There could be many reasons, but generally they involve how we use our time and how we plan and organize our efforts. We’ve all heard someone say, “He’s always busy but never seems to get anything done.” This is usually due to the lack of planning. We should never mistake motion for action.
Our planning process as Christians is unique in that it starts with realizing that God has a plan for us individually and as an organization.
Isaiah 45:11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: Ask me of things to come concerning my sons; and concerning the work of my hands, command ye me.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Ephesians 5:15‑17 See, then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, v 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. v 17 Wherefore, be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Proverb 16:9 A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps.
Proverb 19:21 There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless, the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.
So for the Christian or organization, our first step is to seek the Lord and find out His plan. The Lord does have purposeful actions He desires us to take. Planning them is our attempt to uncover God’s plan or strategy and to become a part of it. His will is best, and there are many good things to do, but it may not be the best. When we plan, we are identifying the goals the Lord would have us to meet and focus our energies and efforts toward accomplishing them.
Proverb 4:26 says, “Ponder the path of thy feet and let all thy ways be established. In order for things to be accomplished, action must be taken. Faith without works (action steps) is dead being alone. We can get things done by plunging ahead doing all that appears to be necessary, or we can think things through or ponder the path of our feet. Essentially that is what a plan is or what planning causes us to do. It causes us to look ahead and mentally picture future accomplishment. Effective planning causes us to make a statement of faith about a desirable future and then seeks action steps necessary to bring it to pass. Proverb 24:3‑4 from the paraphrase Living Bible says, “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.”