Have you made plans for the weekend yet? Do you kind of have in mind what you are going to be doing over the summer? I think it common for most folks to think about the future and make some plans for what they want to be doing. Check out these verses from James 4.
James 4:13-17 (ESV)
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—
14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
What is interesting about these verses is that James is teaching us that it is wrong to make plans without consulting the Lord first. It is arrogant to go around saying we will do this or that when we really don’t know what tomorrow brings. I guess one could dispute this warning by saying that everything we plan to do is always based on “Lord willing”, but I think this misses the point. As disciples, people who have been adopted into the family of God, we have to remember that we were not just forgiven so that we could meet and fellowship with God in Heaven some day. We were forgiven so that we could meet and fellowship with God now. We should be in awe of God. I think this passage is a warning about going through life with God as a secondary, bolt-on addition to our lives where in reality God is our lives. We would know no life without His sustaining power. If we fail to think of God as we plan out our days and our lives we have dishonored the fact that He chose us to be His people. The right response is to heed James’ teaching and submit our plans to God.
So, do you have plans for today? This weekend? Five years from now? I would challenge you this and each morning to thank the Lord for your waking and submit your plans to His will. I would encourage you to live for today because it is uncertain if you will have tomorrow.
Grace and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.