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. Proverbs 3:5-6
It is often said that the best way to know the future is to write it yourself. Said another way, the best way to know what you should do is to do what you would do. It’s impossible to change the direction of an anchored ship, but easy to change its direction once it’s moving.
Is goal setting biblical? Or should we just wait to see what the Lord has in store for us? Solomon devoted a string of nine proverbs to the subject of goals (Proverbs 16:1-9). And his words there are consistent with his words in Proverbs 3:5-6. Make your plans and goals, but submit them to God’s guidance, trusting Him to direct your steps. Our task is to discern, through Scripture, prayer, and counsel, what God wants us to do—and then step out in faith that He will guide us. That is also the theme of the parable in James 4:13-17.
Where do you start? Plan a spiritual getaway to pray about your goals and plans. Write them down; lay them before God; and commit yourself to following where He leads.
God’s overriding goal is to glorify Himself. J. I. Packer