Text: Genesis 1:1-27
Memory verse:
”Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed, it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.“
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭31‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Setting a goal is like determining the specific target height you want to reach and at what time you want to get there, while achieving a goal is like finding a ladder and then climbing it step-by-step until you get to your target. Many people fail in achieving their goals because they just determine the target they want to reach but have no plan, that is, step-by-step activities or tasks, to ‘climb’ to the target.
Let’s learn from the creation story. The first verse in our text reveals the outcome that God had in mind. ”In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.“ ‭‭(Gen 1‬:‭1‬). From the details of creation, it appears that God’s goal was to create a diverse and thriving world, full of life and beauty for man and within six days. He also outlined the activities required to achieve that goal and how they are interrelated.
The creation story shows God as a goal-getter and wise planner. His first activity in achieving His goal was to create the light; then, the sky on the second day; the dry land, seas, plants and trees on the third day; the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day; the sea and creatures that fly on the fifth day; and land animals and man on the sixth day. Deliberately, He created man on the sixth day to set as the last activity in the plan and the ultimate. The first five activities had to take place before man was created in order to meet man’s needs. (Gen 1:28-30). This is the importance of determining goal steps and their inter-relationship from the start of goal setting.
The wisdom in these step-by-step activities is that it helps you to evaluate your progress against the predetermined target. For example, light was expected as the outcome for the first step. So, if that didn’t happen, then appropriate action would have been taken early to avoid the ultimate failure of the main goal.
Friends, whichever goal you have set, be it spiritual, financial, mental, academic, health, professional, or relationship, don’t stop at that level. Rather, go further by breaking it down into smaller steps and creating a plan of action to achieve it while you also observe and evaluate your progress regularly.

Prayer points
1. Father, I receive the wisdom to do whatever is required to achieve my set goals this year, in Jesus’ name.
2. My goals will not suffer failure this year, in Jesus’ name.

Today’s declarations
1. I regularly evaluate my goals to make necessary adjustments early and to prevent failure.
2. It is not enough for me to set goals, I also break them into step-by-step activities towards the desired end.