Many of us have set goals we want to accomplish in the next year. We’ve based them on what happened last year and on how we want the next year to be different. Hopefully, these goals were born during prayer and shaped by daily study of God’s word.
As we move forward in this new year, we’ll continually return to the goals we set. We’ll reestablish our focus on them, and we’ll recommit to them as needed. At least, that’s our intention.
While it’s good to make plans, to set goals, it’s also good, essential even, to leave God room to move within those goals. This may mean altering them in some way.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” (James 4:14-15, NIV)
This verse shows us that making plans is good. It also indicates that turning those plans over to God is a part of the process too.
Our part in goal setting is to create goals based on what we believe God desires for our lives. Our part also involves then turning those goals over to God and letting Him direct our paths.
“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], but the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.” (Proverbs 16:9, AMP)
Keep your goals in front of you. Then, keep your God in front of your goals. Let Him direct your path even if that means altering your goals. As you do this, your goals will turn into His will being accomplished through you.