James 4:13-15 -Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
Making your own plans? Have you checked in with God concerning them?
The Apostle James reminds us that God is the source of all things, including life itself and His will for our lives.
We are reminded in Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Scripture declares that it is God who has numbered our days here on earth and none of us will live one minute pass the amount of time that He has allocated for us to live.
Many times without thought, we all are/were guilty of planning our lives without ever asking God if it is His will to make the plans we find ourselves daily making.
We plan vacations, retirement, business meetings, activities, appointments, our future, college, marriage, family, our careers, and on and one with planning one thing after another.
James point to all of us on today is the fact that life is short and we are not sure of what tomorrow holds for any of us, so it would be best if we said "if it is the Lord's will" I will do so and so.
To drive home his point, James uses the example of 2 men who had plans to set out on a business trip today or tomorrow to go to a city unnamed and live there for a year.
These men had plans for their business trip to be one of success where they will not only stay for one year, but make money while they are there.
These men believe that their trip there would be a guaranteed success without any thought of life itself and how short it is, nor did they include God in their plan.
Making plans for our lives is not wrong. We should plan, but consider God in our planning.
Tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us. In our planning the best words to use should be "I will do so and so if the Lord willing".
The Apostle Paul even knew the importance of God's will. Let's listen to 1 Corinthians 16:7- For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.
All of our lives and plans are in the hand of Almighty God. Proverbs 16:9-We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
Making plans to go here or there? Making plans to do this or that? Have you checked in with God?
Is your plan God’s will or your agenda? Which is it?
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for He knows the plans that He has for our lives. Seek Him first and all other things will be added unto you.
I love you all.