What Does The Bible Say About Planning For The Future?

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The market is constantly pushing us into planning for the future: our retirement, 401K’s, pensions, stocks and bonds, social security and other means.  We naturally gravitate towards our future here on earth.  We plan our next projects, vacations, weekend getaways and nights out.  Does the Bible address the issue of planning for the future?  You bet it does!  Your eternity is at hand!

Let us look at what the Bible says about planning for the future.

Planning For Your Future On Earth

James addresses this topic and shows us how we should approach it.  He says in James 4:13-15,

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.  What is your life?  For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’” 

The people addressed in this passage are assuming that they will live and do well in the places they go to, but they forget that tomorrow may never come.  Therefore, that is why James tells them (and us) to take our plans to God.  Why should we take our plans to God?  Because God knows what is best for us.  You can’t assume that you will even be alive 1 minute from now.  But you can assume that God knows what is best and that by following His lead you will ultimately arrive in heaven safe and sound!

Invest your time and resources here on earth wisely.  Invest into your eternity even more.

Invest your time and resources here on earth wisely. Invest into your eternity even more.

Planning Smart

Planning and using your finances wisely is important.  There are many verses in the Bible that address how we should think about and use our money and resources.  Here are a couple of verses to ponder.

Proverbs 6:6-8 “Go to the ant, O Sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.  Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.”  It is good to plan ahead so that our lives are in order and maintain balance.  Your needs will be met when you plan ahead.

Proverbs 27:23Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.”  Pay attention to your finances and your investments.  You need to know where your money is going and how much you are saving.

Bigger Plans

As important as your future on earth is, your eternity is much more important.  Your entire eternity is decided on one simple truth: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6).  Your investment in eternity will take you to one of two places: heaven or hell.  If you have repented of your sins and chosen to follow Christ instead of your own fleshly desires, you will experience life abundant in heaven.  If you decide to continue on in living in your carnal nature and satisfying all of your fleshly desires in sin, I am afraid that hell awaits you.  Don’t spend eternity in pain and agony because of a very brief time of life on earth.  The pleasures of this life will seem incomparable to the riches and joy we will have in Christ Jesus in heaven.

Related Reading: Planning For Eternity: 5 Things To Do Today

Your Children’s Future

Planning for your eternal future is essential, but planning for your children’s future is just as important!  Consider these verses as you continue to raise your children up in the Lord.  I know that you want to see your earthly family in heaven, so stay alive in the Word and raise your kids with godly morals and principals!

John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe also in Me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go and prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.”

You can reassure your children that all of you will be in heaven if you all continue to abide in the Word, prayer and promises of God.

Proverbs 2:6 “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Your children need to understand that God is the most reliable source of knowledge and truth.  When they believe this, they will continue to search for His truths in the Word as they grow up into adults.

Mark 10:14-15“But when Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to Me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’”

Little children will believe everything you tell them.  It is important to raise them to believe everything that God tells them too.  We have to read scripture with a mind of a child.  We need to believe it without any doubts, just like a child would.  Your children are a blessing from the Lord, so bless them with washing them in the Word!


Invest your time and resources here on earth wisely.  Invest into your eternity even more.  Repent daily of sin.  Pray daily to your Father.  Sing praises daily to the Lord.  Bring the gospel to the lost daily.  Be a hearer of the Word and then do what it says!  Pray for your family and friends!  God loves you and desperately wants a life with you in heaven.  If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, do not delay!  Your hour may be at hand today!  God bless you as you continue to live a life worthy of the calling!

Check out this other article:  Hope in God In Hopeless Times

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”

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