It’s a new year and a new decade. It’s the perfect time to think about the future, your gift planning, and investing. In the secular world, we value research, analysts, advisors, and banks. We seek their assessments of the financial and political landscape and their insight on likely scenarios. To be clear, being informed is important.
Yet, it is a unique characteristic of Moravian heritage to also actively seek God’s will in making important decisions and plans. We no longer cast lots to make important decisions, but we do pray for guidance and listen for His voice.
God’s word actually does provide us with considerable commentary on this delicate and paradoxical balance:
God’s got a plan.
When Jesus taught us to pray, he said “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth . . .“ Clearly, we are praying in support of God’s grand plan. Our own, individual desires must be subordinate. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Furthermore, when we have our priorities straight, God’s plans become our plans. And we can have faith that they are best for us. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” Three verses later scripture says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Psalm 20:4 says, “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
But we’re active participants.
While we are subject to God’s will and must seek it, scripture also teaches us that we have a role, free will, and responsibility. Luke 14:28 instructs us to be well-informed and think things through. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Proverbs 15:22 instructs due diligence and collaboration when it says, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
So, here we are at the beginning of a new year and a new decade. It’s natural that we should think about the future, gift planning, and investing. We should be well-informed by “many advisors.” We should crunch the numbers too. But, we must not forget to seek the discernment of God’s will as primary. Your Moravian Ministries Foundation in America understands this balance between knowledge and faith. Call us today at 888-722-7923 or email Chris Spaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.