Text: Nehemiah 1:1-3; 2: 6-8
“Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.” Proverbs 15:22
Facts and figures are building tools for wise planning. You need to be well informed to have effective plan. You need relevant information and figures about where you are and where you want to be and then determine what will be needed to fill the gap. This is what “…sit down first and count the cost..” means (Luke 14:28).
To “count the cost, you need to objectively evaluate your present resources and what you need to create your desire. Nehemiah knew about the condition of the walls of Jerusalem and the estimated number of days for the assignment. He knew he would need a transit visa to travel through the regions along the way; and timbers from the forest. Nehemiah got the information about the condition of Jerusalem from those who came visiting, before he approached the king. He also got first hand information when he got to the land before he ever commenced work (Neh 2:13)
Your plan is as strong as the facts and figures you have about your desired goal. Proverbs 23: 3-4(TLB) says “Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.”
Your dream tower is not out of reach; your expectation is not unrealistic, as long as you keep abreast of the facts. You can get these facts or information through revelation or research. Revelation is by divine insight while research is by gathering information from online search, observations, superiors, colleagues, subordinates or people who already have experience in what you want to do. “Without consultation and wise advice, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they are established and succeed.” (Prov 15:22 AMP).
Friends, the bedrock of wise planning is information. It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get it, getting it will save you from failure and ridicule.
1. Father, please, help me to always place value on facts and figures in planning in Jesus name.
2. Father, help me to always consult and seek wise counsel in Jesus name.
1. I am a wise planner because my plans are built on established facts and figures and not on assumptions.
2. My plan is as strong as the level of information available to me.