Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - April 06, 2010

Good morning,

Our devotion comes from Luke 14:28-30 "For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn't first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?  Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to make fun of him, saying, This man started to build and wasn't able to finish." 

Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; have you made a financial plan for your future?  Whether you are young or old, married or single, it is important to establish security for the years ahead.

As we examine today's Scripture passage, we find that there is Biblical basis for wise planning.  As Jesus spoke poignantly to the crowds around Him, He questioned, "Which one among you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?"
Jesus, along with His followers, was familiar with the ridicule persons could receive from failing to complete a project due to poor planning.  With this in mind, He encouraged his listeners to include careful calculations in their future plans.
How can you incorporate this advice into your own life?  Realize that God expects us to trust Him, but also to actively make plans under His counsel.  We should study the Scriptures to develop a Christ centered strategy of financial protection.  We must subject our financial matters to the lordship of Jesus Christ. 
Praying over decisions that will affect your future, and possibly the future of your children, is essential.  "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" (Phil. 4:6)
As you plan with God's will in mind, He will honor your diligence and obedience.
Have a blessed planning day!
Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III


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