“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
Planning is good and right.
“No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand agains the LORD.” Proverbs 21:30
Plans go only according to the LORD’s sovereign will and purposes.
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.” Proverbs 21:31
Plans don’t guarantee success.
How, then, should a wise person plan?
A wise person diligently plans for things to come – whether it be preparing for a sermon, a lesson plan, a meeting, or a grocery list. But he/she knows and trusts and is open to the reality that God may sovereignly and lovingly change those plans. And, at the end of the day, when the sermon is preached, the lesson taught, the meeting successful, and the groceries put away – the wise person knows it was all accomplished by the mighty and gracious hand of God.
There’s tension in biblically wise planning.
Andy Stanley was wise to say, “Pay attention to the tension.”