Make God-Size Goals

"Abraham said, 'The Lord brought me from the land of my relatives to this land and he has solemnly promised me that he would give this land to my descendants.'" (Genesis 24:7a NCV)

The Bible has more than 7,000 promises from God to you — promises of success, confidence, health, prosperity, strength, wisdom, and more. Why does God make these promises?

Because he wants you to learn to trust him.

When you set a goal, don't focus on the problems; focus on the promises. Find a promise in God's Word that will take you to your goal.

This is what Abraham does when Eliezer, his servant, starts to worry about accomplishing the goal he is given. In today's verse, Abraham tells Eliezer about the promise he received from God: "He'll [God] send an angel before you so that you can find a wife there for my son" (Genesis 24:7b NCV).

You don't need an angel, because dozens of times in Scripture God has said, "I'll be with you no matter where you go." God is always with you, whether you feel it or not. You just need to plug into the power.

The size of your God determines the size of your goal, and godly goal-setting always starts with a promise from God. Don't look at your limitations; look at the promises of God.

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How have you let your limitations limit your goals in the past?

Spend some time today in God's Word looking for his promises, and pray about which ones you should apply to your goals.


Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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