A question came in awhile back from a reader who asked the following: “Should we embark on a project without first counting the total costs and later believing that God will provide?”
Two very powerful verses came to mind almost immediately, which I think will help in answering this question fully.
The first is found in Luke 14:28-30 (NLT):
But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’
The second is found in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV):
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Where’s the line between having faith and planning ahead?
Jesus made some very clear points in these three short verses recorded in Luke. He was explaining that being a follower of Christ takes commitment and there are costs that must be considered. He uses an example of constructing a building because the people could relate with the significance that planning has in the building process.
But the question that begs to be asked is that where does faith come in if we simply make every decision a calculated decision? If we have to plan every step, are we not exercising the faith we read about in Hebrews 11:1?
The important thing to understand is that verse one of Hebrews leads into the Hall of Faith, highlighting the spiritual giants who lived a life of faith.
• Their hope was placed on greater things – not of the things in this world.
• Their certainty was founded in the faithfulness of God, not the provisions of this world.
Yes, we depend on God to provide for all our needs, but that doesn’t mean that we are exempt from planning ahead. In fact, it is foolish not to plan.
Proverbs 21:5 (NIV) says:
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
How do you mix faith and planning ahead?
I think one of the greatest ways to exercise our faith is to prepare the best that we can before embarking on a new goal or idea. Moving forward with blind faith is a dangerous habit and can…Continue Reading…@https://seedtime.com
If you found this post helpful, we would be honored if you would share it.
If you are NEW HERE, please check out our about-circ-blog/ page and read to know a little more about CIRC BLOG.
If you are interested in submitting soul nurturing articles or books for all of us to benefit from, please contact CIRC BLOG Admin via firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you willing to share with us on how we can improve or having a problem on the site or a post, please contact CIRC BLOG Admin via email@example.com
Thank you for reading, sharing, and being a part of CIRC BLOG!
Would you like to give OR re-dedicate your life to JESUS CHRIST, but you don’t know HOW?
Please READOUT LOUD below Prayer and contact us @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior and to yield back the life given to me by You, back to You. Take Control of my life Lord, and let only your will be done in my life from now on. Amen.”