Most people aren’t very good at planning, let alone “strategizing”, which has within it’s meaning the sense of systematically pin-pointing what needs to be done in order to accomplish a desired end. In Daniel’s case he needed to interpret a dream. Since his life was on the line there was a pretty good incentive to “get it done”. I want to share a few steps that the Holy Spirit gave me today in regards to strategizing and accomplishing goals. These insights are found in Daniel chapter 2. Here we go…
1. DANIEL NAILED-DOWN A SPECIFIC DATE TO ACCOMPLISH HIS GOAL. [vs. 16]
• Dan. 2:16, “And Daniel went in and desired of the king that he would set a date and give him time, and he would show the king the interpretation.” [AMP]. Think about it, if you don’t have a date in mind, it really won’t get done. Nail-down that date! You can always adjust it later, but this is the first step.
2. DANIEL WENT TO HIS HOUSE AND TALKED TO HIS FAMILY ABOUT IT. [vs. 17]
• This might sound like an unnecessary step, but think about it. When you share your goal with your spouse, a trusted friend, it does hold you accountable. I mean, if you make a goal to lose 20 lbs. in 4 months, but you don’t tell anybody, do you actually think you’re going to accomplish your goal? Our family and close friends will be our number one supporters, and it will be a catalyst to staying on track.
3. DANIEL PRAYED ABOUT IT. [vs. 18]
• The Apostle James said, “…ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” [4:15]. This may go without saying, but so many people these days simply bulldoze ahead and simply don’t consult the One who sets the times and seasons. I just love this Scripture: Prov. 16:1, “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.” I mean, do you want God’s help or not? Prayer could make the different between failure and success.
4. DANIEL’S STRATEGY WAS REVEALED IN A NON-CONVENTIONAL WAY.
• “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. “ [vs. 19]. It’s not just important what you want to do, but how you’re going to do it. Notice how little Daniel assumes. He’s really looking outside himself for supernatural ability to accomplish his goal. We would do well to follow his example.
5. DANIEL THANKED AND PRAISED GOD BEFORE HIS STRATEGY EVEN WORKED. [vs. 23]
• The Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1. This might be the most important key of this whole process. Because we all know how easy it is to start reading a book, to start an exercise regiment, but to complete it? That’s another thing altogether. Don’t just start good – Finish strong!