Thrive with These Bible Verses on Planning

What does the Bible say about planning ahead? Here are Bible verses on planning, some tools, how-to, and inspiration to get you started.


Could you use some help with planning ahead more consistently?

I’ve been trying to plan ahead more this year and after several months of putting it to practice, I can say it makes a huge difference!

When my big kids were little, I started getting a meal plan together each week. It’s saved frustrations more times than I can count. But I used to forget to plan ahead for church events, birthdays, and holidays. Then I was left scrambling at the last minute.

As a result, I was filled with anxiety instead of peace. Not only was I less productive, but my lack of planning negatively affected others. No bueno.


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What Does the Bible Say About Planning Ahead?

Should Christians practice planning ahead? You might be wondering, “Should I even bother to plan ahead? If Jesus is going to return any day now, what does it matter?”

Does the Bible address the subject of planning ahead?

I think it does. Now I’m not saying you need to seek God for His will on what theme to have for your child’s birthday party, but the principle of planning ahead is biblical. That means you can apply it to not only your overall life and calling, but in your day-to-day living as well.

Bible Verses About Planning Ahead

This passage in James might make you think otherwise at first glance, but look at it carefully:

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.”
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
Otherwise you are boasting about your own plans, and all such boasting is evil.
Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:13-17 NLT

The key is knowing God’s will for your plans and then following through with them.

Here’s another passage that solidifies this thought:

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17 NASB

In Jeremiah, we see that God made plans for His people: 

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

Since He is one who practices planning ahead, then it’s good for you and me, too.

Bible Verses on Plans

But have you ever made plans that didn’t turn out the way you thought they would? Let’s look at some biblical wisdom on planning for the future:

God has some truth about plans. Here are some Bible verses about plans:

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.

All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit.

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:1-3 ESV

Verse one tells us plans begin in your heart, but God is the one who reveals His will and the timing of it.

Verse two touches an important issue because it helps you reflect on your motive. Is it feeding you? Your plans can’t be what are driving you. You can’t thrive off of the coming results of your plans.

Verse three gives you the wisdom to bring the plans to completion. The word “commit” in that verse is galal, a Hebrew word that means to transfer what is rolled away from oneself to another.

In other words, give it to God. Because plans come and go, sometimes change, and might be destroyed. But God’s Word is everlasting.

Continually give your plans to God and be fed by His life-giving words. Then your plans will be established. That means He’s going to take care of them.

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand. Proverbs 19:21 NKJV

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5 More Bible Verses on Planning

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 ESV

The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1 NASB

Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 ESV

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9 NASB

For which one of 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? Luke 14:28 NASB

Tools for Planning Ahead

Here’s a quick overview of how to plan ahead:

  1. Plan a quarter of the year ahead at a time. Look ahead from today’s date and find what would be the closest date to plan the whole quarter. Let’s say it’s December 26, so you could start at the end of March and work backwards.
  2. Look at dates that are already established, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Anticipate your regular events.
  3. Begin making lists for what you need to do, buy, or make. Give yourself reasonable deadlines to get everything done without stressing out.
  4. Give yourself a month’s time frame for a buffer. For example, if you started on December 26 and have an event on January 2nd, that doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to plan. Don’t ask me how I know this.

I used to think it was way more complicated than this, but it’s really not.

Some great planning tools:

Tools4Wisdom planner

A great planning tool is a getting your own planner. In the past I used the Tools4Wisdom planner (#ad) and found it to be worth the cost.

If you were to look in my planner, you’d find lots of mini-post-it notes. They are so convenient. I love to categorize by color.

As a homeschool mom, I use the inexpensive Homeschool Mama planner by Cassandra Bourn (#ad). It’s simple, but I love having a way to keep my everything organized. I do my own thing. Instead of filling in the subjects each week, I write a category related to my life such as homeschool, health, home, to do, blog, business, etc.

Or if you’re on a budget, check out these printable, customizable, blank planners for free from 101 Planners.

I love these inspiring planning quotes from previous leaders:

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ― Benjamin Franklin

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. [State of the Union Address January 11 1962] ― John F. Kennedy

You could even make your own planner and create inspirational pages with these quotes and the verses above to help keep you motivated.

Thrive with planning your Daily Time with God too:

15 Days of Walking with God with application questions by Kelly R. Baker. An eBook by members of the Blogger Voices Network. Compiled from the 15 Days of Walking with God online event.

It’s a good idea to plan ahead with your Daily Time with God, too. I mean, have you ever finished a Bible study or devotional and didn’t know what to study next?

If you know what you’re doing next ahead of time, you will be less likely to break your habit while trying to find a new study, reading plan, or devotional.

If you would like a new devotional, check out 15 Days of Walking with God. Get your free download here.

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10 Comments

  1. I am a calendar-keeper or I will forget what I am doing when!! But I had NEVER seen it through the eyes of God’s Word. Thank you for the many verses to ponder and guide.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Well, I’m so glad to share it! 😉

  2. Rebecca Jones says:

    His plans are so much better, if only everyone cooperated.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      So true, Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I have been a planner all my life. It’s been learning to be flexible, willing to stray from my own plans as God reveals a different one that I had to learn. His plans are always better than mine! 😊 (I prefer paper planners with colored pens and sticky notes, but this year I made the switch to digital out of necessity. I have to say I’m quite liking the convenience – though it’s not as beautiful. I use Google Calendar and Tasks for all planning, including menus and groceries.)

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      I tried to move digital once, and some things worked great for organizing digitally. But I love paper, because I’m so visual. I just need to see it easier. It’s difficult for me to get a big picture digitally, if that makes any sense. You’re right, though, digital isn’t as beautiful.

  4. I’m a planner from way back and love it! It helps me stay organized and feel a *tad* more in control of life. ha.

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Haha, yes. The feel of control.

  5. I love these suggestions! I have never been a planner but I am definitely adopting it more now as I grow busier! Thank you for sharing this great information and encouragement!!

    1. kellyrbaker says:

      Being busier is definitely a good reason to plan more! I’m glad you got some help from the post. 🙂

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