There are 66 books in the Bible, which were written thousands of years ago, by 40 different authors, over a period of about 1500 years. We can study the Bible our entire life and never fully comprehend all the wisdom contained in its pages. So how can we apply this wisdom to our lives today? How can we take the wisdom from the Bible and use it to help us make important choices in our life? The book of Proverbs is a great place to look for direct and to-the-point instruction. What follows is a list of 10 proverbs that will give you a step-by-step process for making all your future plans. This list of life changing Biblical principles is a quick and easy way to take advantage of the awesome Word of God.
Step one, is of course, to seek God’s help through prayer. We need let go of our ego and humble ourselves before the Lord.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Next, we need to pay attention to the details. It will be easy to go off in the wrong direction if we are not careful to look first at every possibility.
“In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right, until someone comes forward and cross-examines.” Proverbs 18:17
Step three reminds us to slow down and allow all the time needed to fully understand the decision we’re considering.
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5
The world we live in often pushes us toward greed rather than a pure motives that will benefit others.
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.” Proverbs 16:2
All too often we tend to ignore the mistakes of the past. That is a foolish mistake.
“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Proverbs 26:11
Step six guides us toward what should be an obvious part of our process; find people with experience who can help point the way.
“For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” Proverbs 11:14
When things start going wrong, we need to stop and reconsider our path forward.
“Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.” Proverbs 10:17
If we’re not taking a long range view of our decision, we may miss something lurking down the road that can lead to destruction.
“The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” Proverbs 14:15
Of course we need money to exist in this world, be we can’t allow that to be our guiding force.
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1
Finally, step ten brings us back to God. Does the plan we are making fit into God’s plan?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
When we follow this simple 10 step process, we are including God in everything we do. These enlightening principles are taken directly from the Word of God. There can be no better way to plan your next move. I pray this list will help you find your path forward and guide your steps toward a deeper understanding of God’s plan for your life.
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