The Wise Look Ahead And Make Plans

“The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts.” (Proverbs 14:8 TLB)

Many people in life start out well, but they end up going poorly because they don't plan for the pitfalls. But the Bible says the wise man looks ahead.

We all face pitfalls as we make plans for our future, such as cultural distractions, voices of doubt, tempting shortcuts, and discouraging delays. Just take a look at Noah. He had pitfalls after God told him to build the ark, but he overcame them — and you can, too.

Now, this doesn’t mean God will give you the goal of building an ark, but I pray he’ll give you a big goal for your next 10 years.

The Bible says we’re wise to look ahead and make plans. By doing that, we’ll not only be prepared to spot the pitfalls when they come into our lives; we’ll also be prepared to apply the antidote to the pitfalls of life. As the Bible says, only the fool fails to look ahead.

Ask God to help you establish goals for the next decade of your life. Then you’ll be ready to learn how to handle the pitfalls that could potentially keep you from getting where God wants you to go.

Talk About It

  • How do your goals reflect the power of God in your life? Do you dream big because you serve a big God?
  • What are the lessons from your last 10 years that you can apply to your next decade?

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 the founder of, a global Internet community for pastors.

This devotional ©2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Give hope, prayer, and encouragement below. Post a comment & talk about it.



Special Offer


The Purpose Driven Life, Expanded Edition Book
Plus 3 Booklets: What is the Purpose of My Life?

Since its release, The Purpose Driven Life has been translated into 85 different languages and has become the “Bestselling non-fiction hardback book in history” according to Publishers Weekly, all because of the Christ centered approach the book takes to answering life’s most fundamental question: What on Earth Am I Here For?


On the Radio


What On Earth Am I Here For?, Complete Audio Series

Join Pastor Rick for this message series on God’s calling for your life as you learn how to discern that calling and use it as a blessing for the church, other people, and in your own life.

Purchase this seriesListen to this series