Short Devotional about Goal setting and planning


We find ourselves often setting goals but sometimes we struggle to achieve them. This may result from inadequate planning, uncertainty, or lack of vision. This devotional aims to encourage and guide you through the Bible’s teachings about goals setting and planning. Let’s delve into the richness and wisdom that the scripture offers for our lives.

May this Bible devotional strengthen your spirit and shed light on God’s purpose for your life. Believe, be guided and be transformed as you step into this journey of understanding goal setting and planning in the Biblical perspective.

Bible Verse

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.” – Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)


Exemplified in Proverbs 16:3, this verse speaks of the importance of having God navigates our life plans. As Christians, before setting any goal or making a plan, we should commit it to the Lord. This involves trusting God, acknowledging His sovereignty, and aligning our plans with His will.

Goal setting doesn’t merely involve drafting big dreams and constantly striving. Instead, it is about placing God at the center of our aspirations. We are reminded that when we let God lead the way, He will bring the plans to fruition according to His will and His timing, which is always perfect.

Actions to Take

  1. Write down your goals and bring them before God in prayer. Be open to His guidance and be willing to adapt your plans in light of His will.
  2. Make your decisions based on biblical principles, ensuring your plans align with God’s Word.
  3. Share the goals you’ve set with trusted believers who can offer helpful guidance and be your source of encouragement and accountability.

Journal Prompts

  1. What goals have I set for myself? Are they according to God’s will?
  2. How often do I consult God on my plans? Can I improve on this?
  3. Have I entrusted my plans to the Lord? How can I better do that?


Loving heavenly Father, I surrender my goals and plans into your hands. Help me to align them according to Your perfect will. Give me the wisdom to discern your direction for my life and the strength to follow through each step. I trust that in committing all I do unto You, Lord, my plans will succeed in Your rightful time. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.

Social Posts

  1. “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3 – Trusting God’s perfect plan today! #godswill
  2. Goal setting doesn’t mean continually striving, but placing God at the centre of our aspirations. #godcentredgoals
  3. If your goals scare you, they are big enough. But remember to trust God and follow His lead. #godleadsgodlygoals


Do not be daunted by the goals you have set for yourself, or the plans you have made for your life. Continue to lean on God’s wisdom and power to guide your journey. Remember to commit every form of planning and goal setting to the Lord, assure you that He is in control, and sets your path according to His divine will. Carry on with embracing His love, guidance, power, and sovereignty in your life. We look forward to embarking on more biblical studies with you here at

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Q&A about Goal setting and planning

Q: Why is goal setting important in personal and professional life?
A: Goal setting is important because it gives us a benchmark for determining whether we are actually succeeding or making progress. Setting goals provides motivation, increases focus, and assists in developing strategies. It is a key factor in maximizing productivity and achieving success.

Q: What is the difference between a long-term goal and a short-term goal?
A: A long-term goal is something you aim for in the future, usually achievable within five years or more. It is often built on a series of short-term goals. Short-term goals, on the other hand, are achievable within a short span of time, such as a few weeks or months.

Q: What is SMART goal setting?
A: SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. It is a popular goal setting method that sets clearly defined and realistic objectives.

Q: How does planning help in achieving goals?
A: Planning helps in achieving goals by allowing individuals or organizations to visualize the steps they need to take to reach their end objective. It promotes organization, reduces stress, and ensures resources are used efficiently.

Q: What are some examples of personal and professional goals?
A: Personal goals can include maintaining a healthier lifestyle, pursuing a hobby, improving personal skills, or saving for a trip. Professional goals might be getting a promotion, learning a new skill for work, expanding professional networks, or completing a major project.

Q: Why is it important to monitor progress when working towards a goal?
A: Monitoring progress is crucial to understand if the actions taken are effective or if there’s a necessity to alter the plan. It helps to remain motivated, adjust strategies when necessary, and eventually achieve the goal.

Q: How does goal setting lead to success?
A: Goal setting provides a clear direction and a defined path to follow. It gives us purpose and motivation, encourages self-discipline, and helps us track our progress. By continuously setting and achieving goals, we make consistent strides towards success.

Q: What is strategic planning in the context of goal setting?
A: Strategic planning is a systematic process to envision a desired future and translate this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them. It’s a crucial part of goal setting for organizations as it aligns the group’s objectives with its mission and its resources.

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