In our previous two verses, James has told us not to boast about what we plan to do in the future. Today he will tell us what we should say instead…
Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:15)
First, let’s talk about what this passage does not mean. It does not mean it is wrong to plan for the future. Nor do we have to wait for God to spell out every little decision we need to make in life.
This passage shows us the attitude we should have about the future. We should put God at the center of our plans, realizing that our lives are in His hands. We should ask Him for wisdom and guidance in the decisions that we make. We should go ahead and make our plans with the attitude that we will do these things if it’s the Lord’s will, and if it’s not that’s okay with us.
I think the bottom line is realizing that we are not here for ourselves – we are here for God. So many people live for themselves, thinking only about what will make them happy, but we should really be living for Him. Our life’s purpose is to glorify Him, and to carry out His will for us.
Today’s Good News is that we don’t need to worry about the future. We can trust God, seek His guidance, and follow His will for our lives.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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