Psalm 131 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.
I believe in setting goals and planning because “nothing just happens.” We will affect the future at random or by chance or we can affect it on purpose, but we will affect it. Planning isn’t an attempt to control the future but rather to plan toward the future we believe God would have us live.
Our plans need connected to God and as a response of humility before Him lest we attempt things too high for ourselves that God never intended. Yes, of course we can shoot too low but more often than not our emotions get us all worked up and we end up self-engineering our own dreams that lead to disappointments we manufactured. We need to quiet our emotions and listen for God’s direction from within our spirit. Proverbs 20:27 tells us, “The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” First 1 Corinthians 2:12 adds, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world but the Spirit which is of God that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
Why not start out asking the Lord what He’d have us to do or what does He have planned for us and then do just that? He said in 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.”