Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. (Alan Lakein)
Lakein is the same guy who once said that “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” While we know the Lord’s purposes prevail over the plans of men (Proverb 19:21), there is tremendous benefit to living with the future in mind. If we long for a future God can/will bless, we should plan to live accordingly today!
David understood this truth. As he reflected upon the good and evil, the wicked and kind, the blameless and sinners, he realized that their “present” and their “future” often stood in sharp contrast. David acknowledged that the godless man occasionally lived in luxury (Psalm 37:35), but that time of ease was only temporary. Such a life plan failed to consider the future.
But living with the future in mind, will lead the person of God to live differently. Just a couple of verses later, David writes:
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace. But all sinners will be destroyed; there will be no future for the wicked. (Psalm 37:37-38)
A future blessed by God awaits those who currently seek to be blameless, upright, and peaceful. What future awaits the wicked (those guilty before God)? – only destruction.
Does the future matter? Of course it does! Therefore, live today in such a manner that God can bless your tomorrows. –Dave
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